North Carolina Senate Denies Funds for Sterilization Victims

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"Eugenics in the U.S. is something that's still not nationally known. People associate it with Nazis; they don't realize that the U.S. did it too," said Rebecca Kluchin, an assistant professor of history at California State University in Sacramento who specializes in the U.S. eugenics programs.

Only seven of the 33 states that ran such programs have even publicly acknowledged or apologized to victims of sterilization. North Carolina, which had the third largest sterilization program in the nation, is the only one to have considered compensating its victims.

"I was raped twice," Elaine Riddick said, "once by the perpetrator and once by the state of North Carolina."

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