Friday, September 12, 2008

Palin - Why Aren't We Focusing On Her Rape Policies?

While it media is busy focusing their newest cutie pie - Sarah Palin -- it's astonishing that no one has dug deeper to understand her policies toward women who are rape victims.

Fact: When Sarah Palin was mayor of Wasilla, her policy was to charge rape victims for their forensic exams.

It's abhorrent, especially when you consider she Palin had no problem raising money to build a sports center, but drew the line at paying for rape exams.

But there are two points that are worth underscoring.

First, this would have been bad enough if it was just a matter of being decent to women who have been raped.

But it's not.

Unless the police catch the guy in the act, forensic exams provide some of the best evidence against a rapist.

Not collecting this evidence means significantly lowering your chances of convicting the man who did it.

That means that the people who pay for this idiotic policy are not just the rape victims whose tests are not done, but any women their rapists might go on to rape in the future.

Not collecting the evidence that would put rapists behind bars means more rape victims in the future.

You'd think that $5,000 to $14,000 a year would be a small price to pay for putting violent sex offenders behind bars.

Apparently, Sarah Palin disagrees.

Second, Alaska had to ban this practice in order to qualify for funding under the Violence Against Women Act.

Which was, of course, sponsored by Joe Biden

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