Wtf: Victims paying for their Rape Kits!?!

I have to confess that I am following the presidential race in the US rather obsessively at times. It’s not that I actually care perhaps. United States of America is an ocean and a world away from me, but mostly, it feels like watching reality television. Yes, yes, I know, that in the larger picture, it makes a difference to the whole world and what not. But for now, I am merely immersing myself in the waters full of gossip, rumours and bad speeches.

Which reminds me, does Obama ever make a bad speech?

On that note though, here’s my quota of wtf for the week. NY Times tells me that at some point in time Sarah Palin was involved with this.

When Sarah Palin was mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, the small town began billing sexual-assault victims for the cost of rape kits and forensic exams… Ms. Palin owes voters an explanation. What was the thinking behind cutting the measly few thousand dollars needed to cover the yearly cost of swabs, specimen containers and medical tests? Whose dumb idea was it to make assault victims and their insurance companies pay instead? Unfortunately, her campaign is shielding the candidate from the press, so Americans may still be waiting for answers on Election Day.

The rape-kit controversy is a troubling matter. The insult to rape victims is obvious. So is the sexism inherent in singling them out to foot the bill for investigating their own case. And the main result of billing rape victims is to protect their attackers by discouraging women from reporting sexual assaults.

One wonders though. If institutions were actually to offer insurance to cover expenses of being raped, the state might take the cause of preventing rape more seriously. Ugh. Double ugh. And a wtf.

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12 Responses to Wtf: Victims paying for their Rape Kits!?!

  1. rads says:

    oh totally! wtf twice over indeed!

    You know, this lady’s just getting on every female’s nerves out here as each day goes by. Am actually feeling quite smug, that by choosing Palin, McCain’s doing Obama a favor.


  2. avataram says:

    While I absolutely agree with the post on Palin, I think Obama is a lousy speaker. Paul Simms spoofs him quite wonderfully here:


  3. Indeed…
    That too in a country like US which acclaims to be the leader of the world..!!



  4. Madras Chick says:

    Rads.. Yes, I’m one of those females.. ewww to Sarah..

    I may disagree with your last statement though.. Did anyone esp.the media care about McCain ever.. until he introduced Palin? I think that’s McCain’s best political move to date. ewww to McCain as well.

    Well..I may disagree with you, but I’m piling hope against hope that those Republican voters who’re having sexual fantasies about Ms. Palin will just continue fantasizing and not turn up at the booths come Election day.


  5. ilegirl says:

    That is disgusting! Yet another mark against the Ice Lady.

    I am hopeful too that McCain’s selection of Palin as running mate will spell his doom come election day.

    I think Obama is an inspiring speaker. And we need a leader here who can inspire us to be better than we are. There is such potential because we are blessed with abundant natural resources, wonderful diversity, cheap public higher education … if only the masses would shed their blinders.


  6. Shiloh says:

    Please read this and then judge if newyork times does its research before
    publishing a story.



  7. Shefaly says:


    That you are writing about this issue _now_ shows you can relax, since you are not following the US elections so obsessively. 🙂 This sparkling policy decision came out in the first week of her being nominated.

    Sarah Palin is about politics in its purest form possible. A brilliantly strategic master move by McCain’s political advisors. That does not imply any value judgement of the decision, just that it is brilliant politics. Sometimes one has to acknowledge one’s worst adversaries for the sheer brilliance of their moves.

    The Americans are choosing between age+instinct+experience and youth+intellect+ calculation, according to Clive Crook. According to me, they are choosing between experience+Sarah Palin and oratory+well more oratory now backed by Bill Clinton. Spoilt for bad choices!


  8. Banno says:

    People who have power never cease to amaze one with their stupidity and callousness. Add my wtf to yours.


  9. Kavi says:

    Thats some insight ! I wonder what the likes of Zardari will react to such stuff !

    i wonder..if this is really true..!?! Huh !!


  10. Nilu says:

    But she might give a free rifle. So, it all evens out.


  11. Nidhi says:

    Well, Sarah palin started off as being the star of the McCain camp and has become the butt of jokes. I hope you checked the interview with Katie Couric and the resulting sketch on Saturday Night Live.


  12. mumbaigirl says:

    He made a bad speech yesterday. Was very disappointed.


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