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Why sexual assault victims get a bill for investigation expenses




One example of the rape kits that are available to victims
One example of the rape kits that are available to victims

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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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