As mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, John McCain’s running mate signed off on a budget charging rape victims for their own sexual assault exams. Police Chief Charlie Fannon, a Sarah Palin appointee, made the change.
Congratulations to Jacob Alperin-Sheriff of the Huffington Post who found the smoking gun, and to the Daily Kos commenters who first raised the issue.
Palin’s spokesperson claimed that Palin did not support charging rape victims for their own exams and implied that her boss was unaware of the policy. The State of Alaska later passed a law outlawing the practice. Ironically, the state had to ban victim-pay rape exams in order to qualify for funding under the Violence Against Women Act, one of Democrative vice presidential nominee Joe Biden‘s signature legislative achievements.