Sexual assault victims in Louisiana are being forced to pay out of pocket for their own forensic physical exams. The expenses run into the thousands. A New Orleans woman was questioned and photographed for six hours while nurses collected tissue samples, drew blood and offered medication to prevent pregnancy and STDs.
Eight days after the traumatic ordeal, she received a bill for nearly $2,000. She owed $600 after insurance. If this weren’t bad enough, she received a second bill a few days later, charging an additional $1,700, including an $860 fee for an emergency room visit.
Rape is a crime, and a rape victim’s care and treatment should not be her financial responsibility.