North Carolina hospital billed rape victims for rape test kits

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Documents show that Cape Fear Valley Medical Center in Fayetteville has billed rape victims thousands of dollars, violating a state law.

Last year, Cape Fear Valley Medical Center billed about 17 rape victims for their rape kit tests, but a state law passed in 2009 states that medical facilities cannot seek payment from victims of rape and other sexual offenses for forensic medical examinations.

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The state’s Assistance Program for Victims of Rape and Sex Offenses pays medical facilities up to $800 for rape kit tests.

Deanne Gerdes, the director of Rape Crisis Volunteers of Cumberland County, said the victims’ bills are problematic for several reasons.

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