It is well known now that Sarah Palin enacted legislation that forced rape victims to pay for their own rape kits. Given that the levels of rape are unusually high in Alaska, particularly in Native communities, Palin’s policy had disastrous effects. And she may have fired her police chief because he opposed her draconian stand on rape kits. But here is something new: John McCain voted against legislation sponsored by Joseph Biden that would have prevented states and municipalities from billing rape victims for rape kits. This is a potentially explosive story.
Phil Munger has just posted a poll at Progressive Alaska that asks this question: “Should Sarah Palin be asked about the Wasilla Police Department Policy of charging rape victims for their forensic exams, during the VP debate?” One respondent has proven that the “no” button works.