Imagine for a moment, if you can, you're a victim of sexual assault. You report it, and you have a medical examination done to collect forensic evidence, which is known as a rape kit. You attempt to recover from the trauma. Then a few weeks later you receive a bill in the mail charging you for the expenses of that investigation. Sounds unbelievable, right? Unfortunately it's not uncommon.
Recently a woman named Elyse Anders posted to Twitter a letter from her health provider stating that her account had been sent to collections because she'd refused for pay her bill for the rape kit. In just a few days she had been retweeted nearly 3,500 times.
Nora Caplan-Bricker, contributing writer for DoubleX at Slate, has been covering the story and joins host A Martinez with details.
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