Baffled and Sick

If you were raped in Wasilla, Alaska during Mayor Palin’s reign, after you finished with the difficult experience of allowing the Police Department to collect medical evidence, at some point in the week or month as you tried to go back to daily life, you would have received a bill in the mail for the physical examination. The bill would have been for an amount between $300 and $1200.  

From the Anchorage Daily News: “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 [Former Governor Tony] Knowles — that banned the practice statewide. ‘There was one town in Alaska that was charging victims for this, and that was Wasilla,’ Knowles said.”

Palin’s hand-picked police chief publicly opposed the state law when it was passed in 2000. More details here. And here. 

Remind me again: who chose this woman? To lead what country? And how, in God’s name, can people actually be supportive of that idea?

Incidentally, the U.S. Senate version of the legislation that includes the rape-exam provision was sponsored by Sen. Joe Biden. Barack Obama was one of 58 co-sponsors; John McCain was not.

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