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The city of Wasilla, Ak. charged women for their own rape kits while Sarah Palin served as mayor, says former Alaska Governor Tony Knowles, a Democrat. Via McClatchy:
While some of their complaints have already been aired, Knowles 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.
“There was one town in Alaska that was charging victims for this, and that was Wasilla,” Knowles said.
Prior to the passage of the bill, Wasilla victims stood to pay $300 to $1,200 out-of-pocket to recover physical evidence of a sexual assault.