Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's hometown required women to pay for their own rape examinations while she was mayor, a practice her police chief fought to keep as late as 2000.
Palin, the Republican nominee for vice president, often talks about her experience running Wasilla, population approximately 7,000, and that has prompted close scrutiny of her record there. Wasilla's practice of charging victims for their rape exams while she was mayor has gotten wide circulation on the Internet and in the mainstream media.
For years, Alaska has had the worst record of any state in rape and in murder of women by men. The rape rate in Alaska is 2.5 times the national average.
What? WHAT?? I am just...I don't even know. I can't believe this is the first I've heard of this.
More in-depth coverage of the issue, via ellen_datlow:
The Palin rape-kit story has not been "debunked."
I do not want this person anywhere near the White House. I wish the computer had a way to express a face of extreme disgust, but it doesn't, so: O_o