Mayor Sarah Palin:No More Free Ride For Rape Victims

(Above: Another Big Government handout waiting to happen)

It’s one thing to pressure your local librarian about banning books in the 21st century.  But it’s something else entirely to charge the rape victims in your town for their own forensic tests.

You’d expect a provincial Republican to indulge their instinct against books, but it comes as a surprise that a mother – any mother – no matter what AM hate-radio show she got her ideas about Big Government from – could green-light the idea of billing sexual assault victims for the medical tests they need.

Eight years ago, complaints about charging rape victims for medical exams in Wasilla [when Palin was that town’s mayor]  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

A May 23, 2000, article in Wasilla’s newspaper, The Frontiersman, noted that Alaska State Troopers and most municipal police agencies regularly pay for such exams, which cost between $300 and $1,200 apiece.

“(But) the Wasilla police department does charge the victims of sexual assault for the tests,” the newspaper reported.

It also quoted Wasilla Police Chief Charlie Fannon objecting to the law. Fannon was appointed to his position by Palin after her dismissal of the previous police chief. He said it would cost Wasilla $5,000 to $14,000 a year if the city had to foot the bill for rape exams.

In the past we’ve charged the cost of exams to the victims’ insurance company when possible,” Fannon told the newspaper. “I just don’t want to see any more burden put on the taxpayer.”

An effort to reach Fannon by phone yesterday was not successful.

2 Responses to “Mayor Sarah Palin:No More Free Ride For Rape Victims”

  1. 1 Heather
    September 12, 2008 at 12:18 pm

    Where did you get that picture? Is it from a news story? It’s haunting me.

    I hate Palin more and more as each day passes.

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