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January-31-07

Rape Victim Jailed, Denied EC After Reporting Crime

A Florida college student was arrested over the weekend after reporting her rape to the police. The woman, who has requested to remain anonymous, was taken into custody when police officers found a warrant for her from 2003 that accused her of failing to pay restitution for theft, which was described as a "paperwork snafu" by the victim's mother, FOX reports. While under arrest, the woman was unable to receive her second dose of emergency contraception (EC) because of a jail worker's religious beliefs, the AP reports.

"Shocked. Stunned. Outraged. I don't have words to describe it," said attorney Vic Moore, the AP reports. "She is not a victim of any one person. She is a victim of the system. There's just got to be some humanity involved when itís a victim of rape."

According to Tampa police spokeswoman Laura McElroy, a new policy is now in place where anyone who is suspected of a misdemeanor is not taken into custody if they are a victim of a sex crime.

Media Resources: Fox Tampa Bay 1/31/07, ABC News 1/31/07

   

     

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