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CNN reveals that Palin's town charged women for rape exams.

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

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Trixie feels: shocked shocked

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kahlan_amnell From: kahlan_amnell Date: October 8th, 2008 03:51 pm (UTC) (current file)
Yep, I'd been hearing about this for weeks, but I thought it might have been debunked. Thanks for posting that article, it is the most complete discussion of the issue I have seen.

Palin is scary.
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: October 8th, 2008 03:59 pm (UTC) (current file)
No problem! Ellen posted it and I just spread the word! :)

P.S. Yes, yes she is. O_o
bktheirregular From: bktheirregular Date: October 8th, 2008 03:54 pm (UTC) (current file)
...yeah. That's something like item three on the list of reasons to revoke her PTA card.

(And disqualify her from any higher office.)

(Except that now, with the "Kill him!" rally, I'm wondering whether that's even close to severe enough a sanction.)
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: October 8th, 2008 03:58 pm (UTC) (current file)
The who in the which, now? Kill him rally??

OMG. Politics is getting away from me while I try to do my actual work and find a new job. *sigh*
lberghol From: lberghol Date: October 8th, 2008 04:08 pm (UTC) (current file)
Mmmmmmm she's such a peach isn't she? Kinda makes you wonder who exactly makes up the "base" of the Republican party, since she was supposedly choosen to "motivate" them.....
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: October 9th, 2008 12:38 am (UTC) (current file)
Ay-ay! Motivate them to do what? Decide Obama's the way to go?
vwlphb From: vwlphb Date: October 8th, 2008 04:08 pm (UTC) (current file)
The Daily Show makes an effort to bring it up practically every night. I think John Oliver actually asked people at her debate, "Joe Biden called the off shore drilling 'raping' our oceans. Would Sarah Palin make the oceans buy their own rape kits?"

It is terrifying though. And explains why everyone both in the physical room I was in and in the SF chatroom went insane when she started talking about women's rights in the middle east during the debate. She is such a hypocrite, and a truly vile person.
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: October 9th, 2008 12:40 am (UTC) (current file)
Good for The Daily Show!

I really can't believe the Republicans chose her to represent them as a Vice-Presidential candidate.
gfrancie From: gfrancie Date: October 8th, 2008 04:31 pm (UTC) (current file)
Yeah that was mentioned a few weeks ago on some Alaska politics blogs that I read.
The basic story is the state had been hearing rumours that some towns had been doing this. The police chief of Wasilla made no bones about it and said, "yeah, what's it to you?"
And so the state passed a law to make it clear, "you don't do that."
gfrancie From: gfrancie Date: October 8th, 2008 04:36 pm (UTC) (current file)
What makes it even more interesting is that people who were on the city council with her mentioned how everyone who worked for her had to give weekly reports of what is going on (very much a micro-manager) and Palin has played it all off like she had no idea what was going on when you look at her record that just is not the case. She was the one who hired the police chief who began charging rape victims.
And there was record of her signing off on such budget changes.
emmacmf From: emmacmf Date: October 8th, 2008 05:32 pm (UTC) (current file)

There are no words. Well, there are quite a few actually, but I'll be all English and civil and not use them in polite company.
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: October 9th, 2008 12:41 am (UTC) (current file)
SERIOUSLY. Oh, American politics. How you scare me sometimes.
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foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: October 9th, 2008 12:42 am (UTC) (current file)

(Reading too many job-search sites right now, sadly.)
virginia_belle From: virginia_belle Date: October 8th, 2008 08:40 pm (UTC) (current file)
Oh yeah. I remember hearing about this. Yet another reason why I'm not a fan of Palin. Though, to put it in perspective, her decision her is very sadly not that unusual. Most people don't seem to realize it, but almost every state has some localities that have been making women pay for these until very recently(it got big press here because the governor has been trying to get this changed for years in VA). Some places have even made it a statewide practice. Often the fee is waived if the victim files a police report or agrees to cooperate with the prosecution. Federal law will end the practice nationwide next year.


foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: October 9th, 2008 12:43 am (UTC) (current file)
Huh, I didn't realize it was so widespread. You'd think it'd be a no-brainer as to all the reasons making people pay for their own kits is a bad idea. Like people not coming forward if they can't afford it, for one.
poinsley From: poinsley Date: October 8th, 2008 09:09 pm (UTC) (current file)
I heard about that a few weeks ago. Truly sickening.
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: October 9th, 2008 12:44 am (UTC) (current file)
It really is.
faerielandart From: faerielandart Date: October 8th, 2008 10:55 pm (UTC) (current file)
I've read that it happens other places but it's still disgusting, and it's something we need to speak out against. If there were a violent crime in my home, they wouldn't charge me to dust for prints. A rape kit is an evidence gathering exam, and should not place any financial burden on the victim. Quite frankly that's one place I have no problem with my tax dollars going.

Oh BTW I can't stand Palin!!! She's just about the worst person in the world!
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: October 9th, 2008 12:45 am (UTC) (current file)
Seriously - that's one of many good reasons this is a bad idea. It amazes me that it's as widespread as it is.
bitter_sweet05 From: bitter_sweet05 Date: October 9th, 2008 05:21 am (UTC) (current file)
...that is the most disgusting, horrifying thing I've read to date. And I read that guy's 'marry me?' profile. Making rape victims pay for their own rape-kits... is she out of her *%&$ing mind?! She is a vile, grotesque woman and I hope to everything that people hold holy that she never sees even the OUTSIDE of the White House again. This woman is so... so twisted. -________________________-
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: October 12th, 2008 05:48 am (UTC) (current file)
It really is ridiculous. Makes me very worried as well as mad, that she is even in the running.
addygryff From: addygryff Date: October 11th, 2008 02:26 am (UTC) (current file)
I don't have anything to say that hasn't already been said in the other comments, but I'd like to express my horror as well, so: D;
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: October 12th, 2008 05:49 am (UTC) (current file)
And: D:
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