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June 17, 2013 at 7:04 AM

Police deny rape claim

Money can’t cure the damage

I was appalled, angry and sick after reading the article [“Women sues after police didn’t buy rape claim,” page one, June 11]. This is the kind of story that keeps people who are raped from reporting it to the police.

It’s one thing that they didn’t believe it to begin with, but then to charge her for false reporting and fine her $500 — what the hell? She was also forced into counseling and had to lie about the rape or be evicted.

I’ve been around for 63 years and have been frustrated for most of those years about how poorly women have been and are treated. This to me is a prime example. She may and should win this suit but no amount of money will cure the emotional issues she will face the rest of her life.

Linda Bowen, Shoreline

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