Rape Victim Jailed and Denied Contraception
Posted on Jan 31, 2007
A rape victim in Florida was thrown in jail for two days when police discovered a warrant accusing her of failing to pay restitution for a theft she committed as a juvenile. A jail worker, allegedly motivated by religious convictions, then refused to give her a crucial dose of the morning-after pill.
A woman who told police she had been raped was jailed for two days after officers found an old warrant accusing her of failing to pay restitution for a 2003 theft arrest.
While she was behind bars, according to the college student’s attorney, a jail worker refused to give her a second dose of the morning-after contraceptive pill because of the worker’s religious convictions.
The 21-year-old woman was released Monday only after attorney Vic Moore reported her situation to the local media.
“Shocked. Stunned. Outraged. I don’t have words to describe it,” Moore said. “She is not a victim of any one person. She is a victim of the system. There’s just got to be some humanity involved when it’s a victim of rape.”