Tuesday, May 12, 2009

"That will be $1800, please"

If someone broke into your home you would probably expect the police to do an investigation. You would probably not expect the police to ask for personal payment for this investigation, but that is exactly what is happening to sexual assault victims in Texas, and other parts of the country (previously Alaska and North Carolina). Victims are being asked to pay for their own rape kits, which can cost up to $1800 .

The Vancouver Sun reports, "Texan women have to hand over a credit card before their investigation can commence - or face debt collectors afterwards."

Hopefully the uproar from the media will pressure Texas to reverse this practice the same way it did in Alaska and North Carolina.

You can read more about this issue here, here or here.

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