If raped, you have to pay to get your rapist convicted. And if he impregnated you, you would have to have his child. Screwed three times!

The only town in Alaska
Under Sarah Palin’s administration, Wasilla cut funds paid for rape kits and medical exams and began charging victims $500 to $1200 fees.

New Evidence:

Palin Had Direct Role
Palin fired police chief Irl Stambaugh and replaced him with Charlie Fannon, who with Palin’s knowledge slashed the budget for the exams and began charging the city’s victims of sexual assault. Palin read and signed the new police budget.

A year later, alarmed Alaska lawmakers passed legislation outlawing the practice.

For victims of rape and incest and all women, Palin’s policy only allows abortion if the life of the mother is in danger. “This is my personal opinion,” she told ABC.

Palin said she “owes it to Americans” to explain her personal opinion which “may end up different than what the policy in an administration might be.”

Personal opinion over facts? And very, very different after she replaces McCain!

Barriers must come down.
Superstitious policies must stop.
65% to 80% of femicide victims were abused.
Getting in the way of reporting abuse increases the number of murdered women.
Could We Have Known?

Barack Obama’s Platform:

Reducing Domestic Violence:
One in four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. Family violence accounted for 11 percent of all violence between 1998 and 2002. Barack Obama introduced legislation to combat domestic violence by providing $25 million a year for partnerships between domestic violence prevention organizations and Fatherhood or Marriage programs to train staff in domestic violence services, provide services to families affected by domestic violence, and to develop best practices in domestic violence prevention.

Strengthening Domestic Violence Laws:
Approximately 1,400 women a year – four every day – die in the United States as a result of domestic violence. And 132,000 women report that they have been victims of a rape or attempted rape, and it is estimated that an even greater number have been raped, but do not report it. Senator Obama co-sponsored and helped reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act. Signed into law in January 2006, the bill funds and helps communities, nonprofit organizations, and police combat domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. The legislation establishes a sexual assault services program and provides education grants to prevent domestic violence.

Fighting Gender Violence Abroad:
The genocide in Darfur has had particularly devastating consequences for women. Tens of thousands of women have been killed, raped, and displaced since the conflict began in 2003. Barack Obama has been a leading voice in Washington urging the end of genocide in Sudan. He worked with Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS) on the Darfur Peace and Accountability Act, a version of which was signed into law. Obama has traveled to the United Nations to meet with Sudanese officials and visited refugee camps on the Chad-Sudan border to raise international awareness of the ongoing humanitarian disaster there. He also worked with Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) to secure $20 million for the African Union peacekeeping mission.

Global Facts:

  • Domestic Violence is the leading cause of death for women worldwide.
  • One out of three women has been beaten, forced into sex or experienced violent abuse.
  • Using rape as a weapon of war is common.
  • 600,000 women die each year from pregnancy related causes.
  • Reproductive health services for all women would cost $12 billion a year;
    $12 billion a year is spent on perfume in Europe and the United States.
  • Basic health and nutrition for all would cost $13 billion a year;
    $17 billion a year is spent on pet food in Europe and the United States.