Monday, May 11, 2009

Women in Texas charged for rape kits  

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This is outrageous. Women in Texas are being charged thousands of dollars to get rape examinations.



Please contact the office of the Texas Attorney General at crimevictims@oag.state.tx.us and tell them you will not stand for this. You can copy the letter I sent if you're so angry that you're at a loss for words:

To whom it may concern:

I am writing to express my outrage over the fact that the state of Texas is charging rape victims thousands of dollars for rape kits. By doing this, you are essentially punishing women for cooperating with the authorities. What kind of message does this send? Already, large amounts of rape victims avoid reporting the crime due to emotional trauma, and to tack on an unreasonably large fee only further discourages terrified and humiliated women from going to the authorities. This means less rapists behind bars and more roaming the streets. Don't sacrifice the safety of the women of Texas, and stop charging victims for crimes they had no power to stop.

Sincerely,
[Name]

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2 comments: to “ Women in Texas charged for rape kits


  • May 11, 2009 at 10:17 PM  

    om goddess. i cant believe that! the authorities really need to reevaluate where their money goes and who they are looking out for the victim or the offender!


  • March 31, 2010 at 10:49 PM  

    i think this is absolutely ridiculous that they are charging women to get rape examinations! i can't think of a better way to discourage women from reporting an incident. i don't know from experience but i would like to think it's hard enough to report a rape. it would be so much harder to come up with this huge amount of money. texas, please rethink this. or texas women, go elsewhere if you need to report an incident. which i hope you don't ever have to do.