Earlier this week, USA today reported that 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.”
Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin has received criticism from some Democrats such as former Alaska governor Tony Knowles, about this issue. Knowles signed the “rape-kit bill into law, but was defeated by Palin in 2006.” Questions have been raised about “Palin’s commitment to women’s issues and crime victims.”
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