Criminal Justice

State Lawmaker Wants Look Into Victimization of High School Girls

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October 31, 2013 — Indiana Representative Christina Hale wants a deeper look into why Indiana sex crimes and even crimes of domestic violence aren’t reported.

Hale calls the problem of sexual assault among Indiana’s youth the most urgent problem facing the state.

Indiana ranks second to worst in the country for the number of sexual assaults among high-school-aged girls, with nearly one in five 9th-12th grade girls in Indiana raped before she graduates.

Today, Hale (in photo) tried to persuade a bipartisan group of legislators to help her do something about it, “There could be a variety of problems and we just don’t know, and to address it, I am trying to drive the committee to call for a study, a deep, quantitative, qualitative study, so we can lead the nation in doing something about this problem.”

A sexual assault survivor, a pediatric doctor and an IUPUI professor also presented the committee with testimony in support of a study.  Hale says with enough evidence, such a study could lead to change in policy.

Committee Chairperson Michael Young asked Hale to submit a proposal for review by November 30.  He says the committee will revisit the issue during its last meeting in December.

By Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Kat Carlton


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