sexual assault http://wfpl.org en Indiana Legislative Panel Urged to Take Action Against Sex Assaults on Teen Girls http://wfpl.org/post/indiana-legislative-panel-urged-take-action-against-sex-assaults-teen-girls <p>Indiana state lawmakers are being urged to find ways to better protect the state’s young people against sexual assaults, particularly teenage girls.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A legislative panel heard from several experts about the problem today.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Centers for Disease Control says just over 17 percent of Indiana girls in grades 9 &nbsp;to 12 have reported being raped.&nbsp;&nbsp; The national average is 10-and-a-half percent.&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 20:41:10 +0000 Rick Howlett & Associated Press 7397 at http://wfpl.org Indiana Legislative Panel Urged to Take Action Against Sex Assaults on Teen Girls Senator Joe Donnelly Pushes U.S. Military Leaders to Better Address Sexual Assaults http://wfpl.org/post/senator-joe-donnelly-pushes-us-military-leaders-better-address-sexual-assaults <p>U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly, D-In., joined a chorus of lawmakers on the<span id="articleText"> Armed Services Committee</span> who berated top military leaders over the rise of sexual assault in the armed forces.</p><p>In recent months, a series of reports have uncovered a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/07/military-sexual-assaults-2012_n_3230248.html">spike in rape and other sexual assault cases</a> against men and women that have been called "terrifying" and a "cancer" despite efforts to curb the problem.</p><p>Last month, a study conducted by The Pentagon showed a 35 percent increase in estimated sexual abuse incidents in 2012 compared to 2010.</p><p>Speaking at the committee hearing on Tuesday, Donnelly told military commanders they have an obligation to address stop sexual assault and to provide for the psychological needs of survivors.</p><p>"I was at the Indy 500 a week before the race, and we inducted a couple hundred men and women into the service. And I want to be able to know when I look them in the eyes, that I can keep my obligation to tell them that you can serve our country, serve with dignity, have your dignity respected, and that’s what we’re trying to do," Donnelly said.</p><p>Watch:</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/DASzzs-ThQw" frameborder="0" height="360" width="540"></iframe> Tue, 04 Jun 2013 23:51:17 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 5653 at http://wfpl.org Nightline Covers Case of Louisville Teen Who Tweeted About Her Attackers http://wfpl.org/post/nightline-covers-case-louisville-teen-who-tweeted-about-her-attackers <p>ABC News' Nighline program will air a piece this evening on Savannah Dietrich, the Louisville teenager who faced contempt charges for tweeting the names of two boys who sexually assaulted her.</p><p>Attorneys said the tweet violated the confidentiality of the juvenile proceeding. But Dietrich's story spread rapidly across the Internet, and Courier-Journal reporter Jason Riley calls Dietrich "a bit of a First Amendment hero" <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/US/kentucky-teen-sexually-assaulted-threatened-jail-time/story?id=17005633#.UDJ3btBrOmD">in the Nightline piece</a>:</p> Mon, 20 Aug 2012 17:45:08 +0000 Gabe Bullard 1379 at http://wfpl.org Nightline Covers Case of Louisville Teen Who Tweeted About Her Attackers Sexual Assault Victim Faces Contempt Case for Tweeting About Attackers http://wfpl.org/post/sexual-assault-victim-faces-contempt-case-tweeting-about-attackers <p>A 17-year-old Kentucky girl faces contempt charges for tweeting the names of two teens who sexually assaulted her.</p><p>Savannah Dietrich of Louisville <a href="http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20120720/NEWS01/307200106/">told The Courier-Journal</a> she is frustrated by what she feels is a lenient plea bargain.</p><p>The boys&#39; attorneys have asked a judge to hold Dietrich in contempt for violating the confidentiality of a juvenile hearing.</p><p>Contempt carries a possible sentence of 180 days in jail and a $500 fine.</p> Sun, 22 Jul 2012 13:05:00 +0000 The Associated Press 1089 at http://wfpl.org