Rape survivors seeking treatment in New Orleans face paralyzing bills for medical exams and related care, even though state and federal guidelines require that many of these services be provided at no cost to them. 

Rape kits, which include collection of forensic evidence, are provided free of charge under the Violence Against Women Act. However, some Louisiana hospitals are charging women for additional services that are routinely performed after a sexual assault, such as pregnancy tests, treatment for injuries and emergency contraception.

Read more via International Business Times.

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