Thursday, September 11, 2008

Palin's Republican Credentials - Require Rape Victims to Pay For Rape Kits

Alaska had to pass a state law in 2000 because Wasilla was charging rape victims $500 to $1200 to prepare a rape kit. This was outrageous and the state legislature passed a law preventing it. After the law passed, the police chief in Wasilla complained about the new lawas it was not fiscally prudent.

Eight years ago, complaints about charging rape victims for medical exams in Wasilla prompted the Alaska Legislature to pass a bill -- signed into law by Knowles -- that banned the practice statewide.

"There was one town in Alaska that was charging victims for this, and that was Wasilla," Knowles said

A May 23, 2000, article in Wasilla's newspaper, The Frontiersman, noted that Alaska State Troopers and most municipal police agencies regularly pay for such exams, which cost between $300 and $1,200 apiece.

"(But) the Wasilla police department does charge the victims of sexual assault for the tests," the newspaper reported.

UPDATE - McCain voted against the national law pushing police to not charge rape victims for rape evidence kits. Compassionate conservatives indeed.

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