While Mayor, Sarah Palin Charged Rape Victims for their Own Justice

Multiple readers clued us into the latest incredibly disappointing fact about Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin: under her mayoral leadership in Wasilla, Alaska, rape victims were charged for their own rape kits. Op-Edna explains:

A rape kit is a sexual assault forensic evidence kit, used to collect DNA that can be used in criminal proceedings to assist in the conviction of those who commit sex crimes. The kit is performed as soon as possible after a sexual assault or attack has been committed. It is usually humiliating and uncomfortable for the victim-imagine enduring that and then paying $1200 just so that the criminal who assaulted you might be caught.

Let’s put this into perspective. One of the services that almost every American (with the exception of a few hardcore Libertarians, I suppose) agree that our government should provide is policing and investigation into crime, especially of a violent nature. Rape, one of the most difficult to prosecute, disproportionately affects women–young women, in fact. If Palin wants to play fierce mother hen in her stump speeches, I suggest she explain how it is that she wouldn’t do everything in her mayoral power to make sure that rapists be caught and prosected.
What adds insult to injury here is her stance on abortion for rape victims. So, not only did she neglect to support women who were raped in getting the evidence they needed to get justice, but she doesn’t believe they should have the right to choose what happens with their bodies after they’ve endured such violation.
What a frickin’ feminist.
Note: the Democratic governor changed this heinous policy in 2000.

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58 Comments

  1. corkyfluff
    Posted September 13, 2008 at 11:23 am | Permalink

    Here is the USA Today article from September 10 talking about this policy.
    http://www.usatoday.com/news/politics/election2008/2008-09-10-rape-exams_N.htm

  2. Posted September 16, 2008 at 11:29 am | Permalink

    Sarah Palin didn’t have the power to outlaw abortion so she stopped the state from paying for rape kids and saved one babies, fetus’s or piece of tissue from being discarded. Perhaps President Palin can likewise save a fetus, by stopping the government from paying for Aid’s testing especially for women.
    I don’t agree with some pro-lifers or anti-choicers that the curse of abortion is like Hitler trying to breed better, smarter, and more tough minded human beings. But even if I did I remember historically Stalin with the help of a crackpot scientist Lysenko fought Nazi eugenic theory by ordering farmers to stop breading plants and animals.
    President Palin ordering the government to stop paying for rape kits or Aids testing would be similar, whether or not Abortion is a Holocaust or not.
    Ps, I’m trying to start a new group called Pro-Lifers Against Sarah Palin’s Extremism, unless some other people interested in the concept can think of a better name.
    http://capitolhillblue.com/cont/blog/2419
    RichardKanePa

  3. Posted September 16, 2008 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

    This is Richard Kane again, (RichardKanePA)in Pennsylvania.
    I never Goggled Lysenko before posting the 11:29 AM comment which for some reason stated my name as CorkeyFluff not Richard Kane.
    When I clicked on,
    http://skepdic.com/lysenko.html
    I was amazed at the plausibility that Sarah Palin may be about to affect US history as much as Lysenko affected Russian History, Lysenko put a curse on Communism, until Castro removed the curse. Which got the CIA so excited that they began to sabotage Cuban agriculture, which made innovative farmers even greater heroes of the revolution.
    I’m sure anyone who clicks on the following link on Lysenko will be amazed,
    http://skepdic.com/lysenko.html
    http://capitolhillblue.com/cont/blog/2419
    RichardKanePA

  4. xtine220
    Posted September 16, 2008 at 3:56 pm | Permalink

    What I cannot stop thinking about when I read this story, is the women who did not report that they where sexually assaulted due to the fact that they could not afford the investigation!!!!

  5. sheealghlyn
    Posted September 21, 2008 at 9:54 pm | Permalink

    I think it behoves us to listen to “truth101″ when he/she writes:
    A LITTLE CRITICAL THINKING PEOPLE!!!! REPUBLICANS ARE USUALLY MORE HARSH ABOUT PUNISHING CRIMINAL AND PROTECTING VICTIMS!!!!!!!
    a little more critical thinking is required; harsh punishment is not about protecting victims as much as it is about creating an overall environment of fear and the practice of making money from the business of prisons (see: American Furies: Crime, Punishment, and Vengeance in the Age of Mass Imprisonment ).
    FYI: Health Insurance carriers are not required to “carry” a balance for services under question (or appeal) and the insured (victim) will likely end up with a damaged credit report if the she does not have the money to cover any denied charges.

  6. allie
    Posted September 28, 2008 at 3:07 am | Permalink

    Everything I’ve read about this quotes either ex-governor Knowles or ex-representative Eric Croft and in every case, they spin the state law passed in 2000 as being specifically created because of the situation that existed only in Wasilla. Hmmmmm, you don’t think they said that because they’re Democrats and Palin is a Republican, do you? No way! That wouldn’t have anything to do with it. But the facts refute their contentions.
    From the official minutes of the Alaska House Finance Committee (HFIN) hearings on the bill during the 21st Legislature, the following, found at The Alaska State Legislature, was recorded:
    “DEL SMITH, DEPUTY COMMISSIONER, DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY, noted that the Department supports the legislation. He clarified that the cost of collection of forensic evidence and the prosecution of the crime is the responsibility of
    the agency that is investigating and collecting that evidence. The legislation guarantees that the victim does not pay. The Anchorage Police Department was concerned that there were certain parties that could pay for the service.
    “Representative Croft replied that it is not widespread but that it does exist. He noted that the majority of police agencies do the right thing in this regard. However, some agencies do try to transfer this concern to the individual’s insurance.
    “LAUREE HUGONIN, DIRECTOR, ALASKA NETWORD ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND SEXUAL ASSAULT (ANDVSA), JUNEAU, commented that these charges occur as a result of hospital accounting procedures. The range of costs can be from between $300-$1000 dollars. The direct charges usually result from the accounting procedures at the hospitals and not the law enforcement agencies. She noted that there has been some difficulty in Mat-Su, Anchorage, Kenai and Sitka and possibly in Bethel. She was not aware of other parts of the State where there was a problem. Ms. Hugonin advised that this problem is not on going and pervasive, but that it does occur more than sporadically.”
    If this was limited only to Wasilla, why did Ms. Hugonin report “some difficulty in Mat-Su, Anchorage, Kenai and Sitka” rather than saying something along the line of “some difficulty only in Wasilla”? Also note that there was some pushback on the resolution from authorities in Anchorage. As we have noted from the even-handed newspaper articles and such well-respected (cough! cough!) websites like Kos and HuffPo, the only one to complain about it was Wasilla’s police chief. What a bunch of rot.
    If you want to be like sheep, go on and believe smears like this; I prefer the truth.

  7. Deva
    Posted March 9, 2009 at 9:49 am | Permalink

    Despite significant strides in international law, many sexual violence crimes are going unpunished because of flawed investigations and prosecutions.

  8. susanb
    Posted July 2, 2009 at 3:59 pm | Permalink

    this is so crazy that rape victims would be charged for their own rape kit. There is so much wrong with palin. i am not sure what she is thinking.
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