Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Rape Victims View Of Palin and The Rape Kit Controversy

I have been looking at this controversy since it first surfaced and of course went through many news articles and blogs. I finally said just write it, Victoria.

I found this recent article entitled "Palin And Rape-kit Charges" by Steven Benen.

The article state:

"[Former Gov. Tony Knowles (D)] broke new ground while answering a reporter's question on whether Wasilla forced rape victims to pay for their own forensic tests when Palin was mayor. True, Knowles said.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."

The question was answered by Knowles, yes Wasilla did have rape victims pay for the kits until the bill was passed in 2000.

USAToday also confirmed that the law was passed partly due to Wasilla:

WASILLA, Alaska — In 2000, Alaska lawmakers learned that rural police agencies had been billing rape victims or their insurance companies $500 to $1,200 for the costs of the forensic medical examinations used to gather evidence. They quickly passed a law prohibiting the practice.
According to the sponsor, Democrat Eric Croft, the law was aimed in part at Wasilla, where now-Gov. Sarah Palin was mayor. When it was signed, Wasilla's police chief expressed displeasure.

So, from 1996 to 2000 Palin was Mayor of Wasilla, Alaska. And the law was passed in 2000.

Doesn't really matter much to me what her stance is now, as many have stated, it's her record that one needs to consider.

Noooooowwww, from a rape victims point of view. The idea of charging any rape victim for the rape kit is preposterous. As it has been put many times,there is absolutely no difference where the crime scene took place EVEN IF IT WAS THE BODY!!

From a political point of view I'm backed in a corner. Of course my views have changed since the rape, however, there are many factors besides McCains Raped Ape joke and Palins rape kit fiasco that make the 2008 election a hellacious decision.

Also according to America Police Beat as of 2009 all states will have to pay for the rape kits.

A comment on that article states "I think that it is ridiculous to make the states pay for the kits when it is a very serious crime."

Perhaps, buuuutttt, the states already pay for many things, and at times that money seems like some kind of reward for being a certain way. What does that mean? I'm leaving it at that, if you can't figure it out, that's good, you will probably less bitter no knowing what I mean.

Soooo, who should pay for the rape kits? I can't answer who, but I know, raped or not, I would much rather pay for a victims rape kit then some of the other asinine things I've paid for for years!!



Victoria Placeo

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