Unacceptable

Woman had to visit 3 hospital emergency rooms before finally being given a rape kit

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Dinisha Ball had a hellish weekend nine months ago. She believes she was drugged, abducted and sexually assaulted — but thanks to numerous loopholes in Texas law, she may never know what really happened to her. Her ordeal began in earnest one morning in Houston when she awoke in the bed of a man whom she did not recognize. She felt remarkably woozy. Ball had been out clubbing the night before, but wasn’t feeling the effects of a hangover. She felt like she’d been slipped a roofie, unable to remember anything about how she ended up in the strange man’s apartment or what had happened while she’d been there. The fact that her underwear was on the floor gave her a clue though. She demanded the man drive her to her friend’s house, which he did. Once there, her friend insisted she call her fiance and father of her young child, Daniel Koza.

When Koza arrived and saw the condition Ball was in, he became adamant that she go to an emergency room for a rape kit right away. They got in the car and set out toward the nearest hospital, with no idea they’d be embarking on a futile 12-hour odyssey across the Houston area in search of a emergency room that would administer a rape kit for Ball. Eventually, the odyssey concluded at the third hospital the couple visited on their wild goose chase. A rape kit was administered, haphazardly, and after nine months, Ball has still not received the results of it. She was basically prevented from reporting a possible crime — an all too familiar reason rape is such an under-reported offense. According to federal statistics, upwards of 65 percent of rapes and sexual assaults go unreported by victims. Because of numerous loopholes and legal red tape, hospitals in Texas were able to simply pass the buck of responsibility and deny Ball — and really any other woman in the same situation — the care she needed.

“I know something did happen now, but I have no recollection of it,” Ball told Cosmopolitan. “It’s a level of violation I will most likely never be able to move past,” she said, adding, “I was equally victimized by this system as I was by the guy [who raped me]. I tried to handle the situation responsibly, but it was out of my hands. I had no control.”

Read the full story at Cosmopolitan.

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