When a woman goes to the police to report that they have been raped, you expect the police to investigate and ultimately arrest the perpetrator. In Florida last week, they arrested the victim instead:
A college student who told police that a man raped her was jailed for two days on an old warrant and was denied a dose of a morning-after contraceptive pill while in jail, her attorney said Tuesday.
The 21-year-old woman was released Monday only after attorney Vic Moore reported her plight 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."
While she was behind bars, a jail worker refused to give her a second dose of the morning-after contraceptive pill because of the worker's religious convictions, Moore said.
The latter just adds insult to injury. Meanwhile, you have to wonder what sort of police force stops a rape investigation dead because the victim was in trouble with the law as a teenager. Aren't former criminals also entitled to the protection of the law? Or is this police force saying that anyone who has committed a crime, however minor or long ago, is an outlaw and able to be victimised at will?
[Hat tip: Talk Left]