Sexual Assault Kits and the Attitude Towards Rape and Women

Central Oregon Coast NOW

This Letter to Editor was written by Carolyn Crandall of Newport, Oregon in response to an article by Maxine Bernstein that appeared in the September 13, 2015 edition of “The Oregonian/Oregon Live” entitled “Thousands of untested sex assault kits piled up in trail of broken promises by Portland police”.  http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2015/09/portlands_thousands_of_unteste.html

Sex-assault kits: This is no surprise. The rape of women has been, continues to be and apparently will always be a nonissue, especially if money has to be spent to find the rapist.

And then there are the questions: What was she wearing? Was she drinking or doing drugs? Did she entice the perpetrator? And on and on.

I was a victim of rape in 1979, attacked in my own home while I was sleeping. I am 68 now and yes, I reported it. But I had to hear, even from my own family and friends, comments like, “How could you let…

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