After denying basic protections to LGBT and expanding gun rights, you’d think North Dakota legislature couldn’t possibly get any worse, right? Or maybe you know all about how screwy North Dakota lawmakers are and know we haven’t even scratched the surface. Well, hold on to your bloomers, folks because it just got worse.

First, a little context for those of you who are not from North Dakota. Thanks to oil, North Dakota has amassed a sizable surplus over the years. Even after oil prices have dropped, the money is still there and there’s a projected 4 billion in oil revenue expected over the next two years. But wait! Only 5% of the state’s general budget comes from oil revenues. The rest comes from the humble, hard-working taxpayers like myself and the other working stiffs here.

So, what am I getting at? It would seem that with all this money and the surplus and the taxes we’ve paid, getting a half million in funding to help rape victims would be a no-brainer, right?

Unfortunately, you’d be wrong.

The Bipartisan Senate Bill 2284 was introduced to provide $500,000.00 in funding to train more sexual assault nurse examiners so hospitals that don’t currently have one could get one on staff so rape victims wouldn’t need to wait a ridiculous amount of time waiting to get a sexual assault exam or treatment.

Now, remember with all that oil, the population has boomed in Western North Dakota and with it, the incidents of rape. Turns out there’s a pretty significant down side to all that oil money and it’s embarrassing that North Dakota seems to want the money but not do anything about the huge problems. You’d think maybe, just maybe, the North Dakota House would think a lousy half mill would be a reasonable sum to assist with the growing number of sexual assault victims due to that fantabulous oil. But nope. The senate cut the appropriation from $500,000 to $200,000 and before the house would pass it, they stripped the funding altogether.  So, I’m not sure what the point of passing it was with no funding….maybe to give the illusion that they gave a damn about rape victims?

There are currently 55-60 sexual assault nurses in North Dakota and another 40-50 are needed to meet the demand. So, this was a big SCREW YOU to rape victims that have the tremendous misfortune of being assaulted in North Dakota and a big SCREW YOU from the North Dakota House to everyone that’s a survivor of sexual assault (including yours truly). And once again, the only thing I can say is seriously, North Dakota?

4 thoughts on “Don’t Get Raped in North Dakota

  1. I’m glad I got my ass out of ND. It’s getting worse rather than better.

    The sad thing is that a lot of ND residents seem to be proud of their ignorance! They wear it like a badge along with their NRA pins.

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  2. As much as I don’t like this has happened, I think this article exaggerated a bit. It fails to take into account that income from oil is projected to be cut in half this year. Also realize that there is a lot of catching up to do. $1.1 billion is going to western ND for infrastructure alone.

    I also think it is a bit unfair to say that rape has boomed in North Dakota with the population. The numbers for 2014 are not out yet, but according to the AG, rape reports fell by 2.5 percent from 2013 to 2012. I can’t say how many were not reported, and one is one too many, but saying this should have passed because of an increase in rape is not factual.

    While it is a shame that the funding was cut, I think we can all agree that passing part of the bill is better than not passing it at all. The republican controlled legislature is not going to be keen about spending money, especially with a slowdown and voters already complaining about spending. It’s a sad truth, but it is the truth.

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    1. to fact checker, do u live in North Dakota? because when you get raped the cops tell you not to bother reporting it. and if u do it takes about 8 months to a year for warrant to go through. so the facts are fabricated. Iv lived in minot North Dakota my whole life. rape has boomed. Iv been trying to get help for a couple years, you no what happened. rape happened again just alot more brutally. “fact checker” don’t u know everything North Dakota reports is to make them look good, wich means rapes and beating and shooting are out. so next time check your fucking facts. Dont be a gamer nazi cause idfc.

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  3. Do you honestly think that the local cops give a crap about rape? Lived here for over 40 years and all they care about is meeting their traffic quotas and shoplifting, I wouldn’t trust any cop to investigate a homicide let alone a rape!

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