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The story on Yahoo News

From the article:
A woman who told police she had been raped was jailed for two days after officers found an old warrant accusing her of failing to pay restitution for a 2003 theft arrest.

While she was behind bars, according to the college student's attorney, a jail worker refused to give her a second dose of the morning-after contraceptive pill because of the worker's religious convictions.

The article goes on to note that the jail worker states religion was never discussed in the decision not to provide the second dose of EC, rather that she didn't have specific orders to administer the medication.

This is absolutely appauling on so many levels. First that the woman was not treated with more dignity. It's amazing that it would not even occur to someone that maybe it wasn't a good idea to toss a rape victim in jail immediately after reporting a crime. Then it's just absurd that she would be refused access to a second dose of EC. Even if the jail worker didn't have specific instructions at the time, anyone with any good sense would have called to GET permission to give the EC! Third, it's also completely absurd that the police actually stopped the investigation of the rape to put the woman in cuffs and haul her off to jail. Valuable time and evidence might have been lost due to that.

I also think it's interesting (and awful) that while the police department in question has now implemented a policy to try to prevent the arrest of victims of crimes who are wanted on other charges, they don't seem to have done anything to deal with the fact that the woman was denied EC. Absolutely absurd.

[ 01-31-2007, 07:39 AM: Message edited by: KittenGoddess ]

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I earnestly never have words for stories like this and they are myriad.

I have, however, wondered of late if any legal precedent has been set or will be set -- it;'d be ballsy, but there are some smart, ballsy social issue lawyers out there -- to require some measure of fiscal child support from those who refuse patients EC.

I'm not an highly litigous person myself, but I'm hoping this woman is, and sues the county for damages and civil rights violations as she can, big time.

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Like Heather, I can't even begin to comment on this case. When I read the article (thanks Fark), I just wanted to pound my head against my desk.

Apparently, the police dept. offered the woman a half-assed reply. too little too late.

I mean, sure she does deserve to be punished for the GTA, but surely that could wait till the more pressing matter was resolved?

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