News Rape Victim Jailed, Denied Emergency Contraception
posted by January 30 at 13:13 PMon
A Florida woman went to the police to report that she’d been raped—and they arrested her.
A 21-year-old woman told police Saturday that a man grabbed her off Howard Avenue and raped her behind a building during the Gasparilla festivities. But officers investigating the case arrested her after learning she had an outstanding warrant from her teenage years for failure to pay restitution.
She spent the next two nights in jail.
It gets worse. The woman was denied emergency contraception by a prison nurse. Can you guess why?
Adding to the [mother of the victim’s] ire is her claim that a jail nurse prevented her daughter from taking a second dose of emergency contraception prescribed by a nurse at a clinic as part of a rape examination. The jail nurse, said the mother and the victim’s attorney, denied the medication for religious reasons.
Emergency contraception is most effective in the first two days after unprotected sex—according to Planned Parenthood—and the second dose must be taken within 12 hours of the first.