Saturday, September 13, 2008

If It Walks Like A Pig And Talks Like A Pig...

Despite denials by the Palin campaign, new evidence proves that as mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, Sarah Palin had a direct hand in imposing fees to pay for post-sexual assault medical exams conducted by the city to gather evidence.

Palin's role is now confirmed by Wasilla City budget documents available online.

Under Sarah Palin's administration, Wasilla cut funds that had previously paid for the medical exams and began charging victims or their health insurers the $500 to $1200 fees. Although Palin spokeswoman Maria Comella wrote USA Today earlier this week that the GOP vice presidential nominee "does not believe, nor has she ever believed, that rape victims should have to pay for an evidence-gathering test...To suggest otherwise is a deliberate misrepresentation of her commitment to supporting victims and bringing violent criminals to justice," Palin, as mayor, fired police chief Irl Stambaugh and replaced him with Charlie Fannon, who with Palin's knowledge, slashed the budget for the exams and began charging the city's victims of sexual assault. The city budget documents demonstrate Palin read and signed off on the new budget. A year later, alarmed Alaska lawmakers passed legislation outlawing the practice.

-Huffington Post

Obama may not have been referring to Palin during "pig-in-lipstick-gate '08", but the self proclaimed pit bull is certainly proving herself to be the dog she claims with the surfacing of this nasty tidbit.
Charging victims for rape kits to be used as police evidence is lower than low. So, if someone is financially unable to pay several hundred dollars for their medical exam, evidence will not be collected, and a rapist that could have been imprisoned is free to rape again due to lack of evidence against him? Disgusting!
Want more info? You can read the entire financial report here, showing the budget cuts, and signed by Doggy herself.

1 comment:

Jessie said...

That is outrageous!!! How can she do that to other women??? I don't understand. Completely ridiculus!!!! It is sad that our rights as women can be jeopardized in such a way. A victim of such a horrible crime being victimized again by the justice system by having to pay for their own rape kit! I can't believe it!!! Makes me so upset...