Thursday, March 10, 2011

HOW IS IT POSSIBLE THAT THIS ISN’T ALREADY A LAW?

The rape of a woman is an unspeakable crime and those convicted of doing it should face the harshest possible punishment. I’ve recently learned of something that is an insult to any woman who has been criminally violated. There is a loophole in federal law that could result in a rape or sexual assault victim receiving a bill for their own rape kit. Are you kidding me?

A bill sponsored by State Senator Diane Allen preventing rape victims from being billed for forensic evidence collection related to their assault cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee today. There is no reason this legislation should not be included in the next full voting session and there’s no excuse if it isn’t.

There’s no better way to state it than the way in which Allen does when she says, "In no other crime do victims see an invoice for services related to evidence collection by law enforcement, and sexual assault should be no different. This type of crime is the most traumatic event any woman could ever live through. It is cruel of anyone to send a bill for the exam needed to catch the attacker, and this legislation prevents that from ever happening in New Jersey again."

8 comments:

Mimi said...

Kevin...you are sooooooooo right...insane.

Anonymous said...

It's wrong. The victim is still being billed, along with every NJ citizen who isn't the victim. Bill the offender upon conviction! That's the person who incurred the charge, not the people!

Danielle Ellis said...

Can't believe this! I will be sending a letter to my representative.

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Anonymous said...

Almost as insane as in China where they bill you the cost of the bullets used in your firing squad execution

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