Marie Claire (@marieclairemag)

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Both federal and state laws say survivors of sexual assault should receive free rape kit exams. Yet every year, in every state, victims have been sent bills. When Cate Smithson was billed for her rape kit seven times and sent to collections, she didn't just get mad—she overhauled the system. Visit the link in our bio to read a deep-dive on how one woman spurred a statewide investigation that revealed hard truths about our hopelessly broken system for caring for sexual assault survivors.