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 Rape victim forced to pay for rape kit - now dealing with nasty collection agents
Rape victim forced to pay for rape kit - now dealing with nasty collection agents
A 44-year old woman is raped by a 15-year old. A rape kit is done to obtain evidence, evidence which helped convict the rapist. Although the woman was assured she wouldn't be billed for the kit, she was and is. After being a victim of rape, she is now being asked to cough up almost $2000 picked by bernardblack 3 years ago
tags rape texas collection victim compensation
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 bernardb...
3 years ago
I don't understand this. I don't mean the fact that it cost more than $4000 to take a simple rape kit I imagine doctors need to make 100000% profit margins. Actually all joking aside it is obscene that a mere rape kit would cost so much money. Surely the police or government has medical people that could take the samples and analyze them a lot cheaper.

What I don't understand is why is the victim expected to pay for the giving of evidence? Why is anyone other than the police, prosecutor or government agency expected to pay to obtain evidence?

I wouldn't expect the police or government to automatically pay for any medical treatment or any other service that was a result of the crime against her but the victim shouldn't have to pay to obtain the evidence to convict her. The victim's compensation fund is there for such things and that's great but it shouldn't be needed to pay for the expenses of the prosecutor

If nothing else, the amount should have been billed to the criminal or in this case his family.
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 Nicky666
3 years ago
The Houston Police Department made one payment toward the single mother's hospital bill, but when she submitted the $1,847 worth of remaining bills to the Crime Victims' Compensation Fund, she received a denial letter, telling her that law enforcement should have paid.

"She's getting the run-around," said Young at the rape crisis center, which was not involved in her case.
wow....even if someone does get "compensation", it's apparently normal practice that they need to ask for it in the first place.
No wonder you'll get victims being scr*wed twice this way.

This has nothing to do with doctors treatment or medical bills.
Maybe they should start billing people for taking fingerprints etcetera, when they report their house was broken into. I'm sure that'll make this backward thinking come to a halt fast.
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 gammerus
3 years ago
« Nicky666 : w
Maybe they should start billing people for taking fingerprints etcetera, when they report their house was broken into. I'm sure that'll make this backward thinking come to a halt fast.
That would be funny if it weren't so sad (and true)
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 drogue
3 years ago
« Nicky666:
No wonder you'll get victims being scr*wed twice this way.
Gee, Willikers!
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 pocksuck...
3 years ago
« bernardblack : 

Why is anyone other than the police, prosecutor or government agency expected to pay to obtain evidence?

This is a bit of an aside but have you ever seen Terry Gilliam's Brazil?

The inspiration for that was that at various times in various places criminal suspects, if found guilty, have been charged for the information retrieval.
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