Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Get raped, go to jail?

Get raped, go to jail?

I am one of those people who think that Americans tend to be too litigious, especially in cases of medical malpractice. However, sometimes a case comes along where I'd be all over the bastards like white on rice. This is one of those cases:

TAMPA - First, police say, a 21-year-old woman was raped at Gasparilla. Then, she was handcuffed and jailed - for two nights and two days.

A jail worker with religious objections blocked her from ingesting a morning-after pill to prevent pregnancy, her attorney says, keeping her from taking the required second dose for more than 24 hours longer than recommended.

I'm not sure there's any way the police (well, sheriffs) can be excused. There seems to be no question that the woman was raped, and she was not a danger to others. Ansd the medical supervisor who denied her Plan B? Immediate termination without benefits or pension.


meg said...

Well, that solves the problem of the charge of raptus brought against Chaucer -- it's rape, it's wrongful imprisonment, it's two, two, two crimes in one!

Jonathan Dresner said...

Sometimes I wonder if we have the qualities to survive as a society anymore. We have the institutions and technology, but not the character.