Date Raped In D.C.? Apparently, "No Means No" Only At The Hospital

A college student is filing suit against her school and bunch of hospitals that allegedly denied her the courtesy of a rape kit after she was drugged and anally date raped. They denied her service, you see, because she appeared intoxicated. (!!!) This news comes to us from the sheltered conservative campus of George Washington University in that Bible Belt enclave known as Washington D.C. Now, to the hospitals' credit, she was vomiting — ew! — and had two friends with her to take care of her so she really didn't need their help anyway, and seriously it's not like weekend nights in D.C. are short on crime victims so you can sort of see an ER worker in blood-spattered scrubs surveying the drunky freshman from the other side of town and thinking, "Let's be honest, neither one of us wants me to spend an hour probing your ass right now." But then, like the responsible freshman some of us would definitely not be, she went back the next morning!

And was refused. After which she was also denied rape kits by both the police and the George Washington Hospital. Who asks for a rape kit if they don't really, really need it? Is it naive of me to assume rape kits are not, like, anyone's idea of fun? (Uh, yeah, nevermind; Safesearch ON when Googling "speculum," guys.) It's one thing for a jury full of ignoramuses to disbelieve a rape victim, but a whole bunch of trained professionals who deal with this shit every day?

Rape Survivor Denied Treatment Because She "Appeared Intoxicated" [Feministing]