According to recent reports, under Sarah Palin’s leadership as mayor of Wasilla, AK, rape victims were charged for their own rape kits. These kits are used to collect evidence for sexual assault cases and can cost $300-$1200. As if rape isn’t already horrible enough, this policy adds insult to injury.
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Please note, Gov. Tony Knowles changed this policy in 2000. Meanwhile, Wasilla Police Chief Charlie Fannon publically disagreed with the decision, stating that the law would require communities to come up with the funds to cover these investigations. “I just dont want to see any more burden put on the taxpayer,” he said. By his estimate, the law would cost $5,000 to $14,000 a year.
I guess a dollar from each Wasillan was just too much to ask for to help the women of their community in crisis. Thanks for showing us where your priorities are, folks. This one is truly disgusting.