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Billing Rape Victims (2014)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2014-10-03

Duration: 00:07:30

Subjects: Rape victims | Health Care


  • Sanford, Shauna Host
  • Woods, Virnado Photographer
  • Smith, Pat Interviewee
  • Hebert, Rachel Interviewee
  • Watkins, Olivia Interviewee


This segment from the October 3, 2014, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Shauna Sanford’s report on the efforts to change the policies that result in rape victims being billed for their medical examinations. Sanford reports that the billing of rape victims varies between parishes and hospitals. She interviews: State Representative Pat Smith, a member of the Louisiana Women’s Policy and Research Commission; Rachel Hebert of the Sexual Trauma Awareness and Response Center; and Olivia Watkins of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals.