The Associated Press reporter Mary Pemberton followed up on September 12, 2008 with the story regarding sexual assault victims in Wasilla being forced to pay for their own rape kits and exams under Mayor Sarah Palin’s administration.
~ Sarah Palin Truth Squad
Former Democratic Rep. Eric Croft, who sponsored that bill, said he was disappointed that simply asking the Wasilla police department to stop didn’t work. Croft said he doubts Palin was unaware of the practice.
Maria Comella, a McCain-Palin campaign spokeswoman, said Palin “does not believe, nor has she ever believed, that rape victims should have to pay for an evidence-gathering test.” To suggest otherwise, she said, is a “misrepresentation of her commitment to supporting victims and bringing violent criminals to justice.”
Alaska routinely has the nation’s highest rate of sexual assault.