Rape victim jailed, denied morning after pill

// 31 January 2007

A Florida woman was sent to jail and denied access to emergency contraception after reporting a rape to local police.

FOX 13 reports that police officers initially took her to hospital and began processing her case. But a background check revealed a warrant for her arrest.

It was from an arrest when the woman was a juvenile and she was accused of not paying restitution. The woman says she was not aware there was a warrant out for her, and her attorney says it appears to be a paperwork error.

“They were more interested in prosecuting her for something that’s a paperwork snafu from four years ago, that was juvenile. They were more interested in working on that than finding an experienced rapist,” stated the victim’s mother.

And if you thought the story couldn’t get any worse, the woman – raped, then cuffed and jailed, was denied access to the morning after pill.

“The medical supervisor would not allow her to take the pill because she said it was against her, the supervisor’s, religion. So, here we have a medical supervisor imposing her beliefs on a rape victim,” claimed the victim’s attorney Virlyn Moore. “As a human being, how someone could be so violated by this monster and then the system comes along and rapes her again psychologically and emotionally – it’s outrageous and unconscionable.”


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