$14M+ for a sports arena, yes; <$14K for rape kits, no?

So racking up around $19 million of debt for the people of Wasilla was just fine…. most of that for a sports venue. But rape victims should have to pay for the cost of their rape kits? Are you kidding me?

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

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.

From: Anchorage Daily News Article

Sorry Ms. Palin, but I think your priorities are seriously screwed up.

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