Thu October 31, 2013
Indiana Legislative Panel Urged to Take Action Against Sex Assaults on Teen Girls
Indiana state lawmakers are being urged to find ways to better protect the state’s young people against sexual assaults, particularly teenage girls.
A legislative panel heard from several experts about the problem today.
The Centers for Disease Control says just over 17 percent of Indiana girls in grades 9 to 12 have reported being raped. The national average is 10-and-a-half percent.
Therapist Malia Crosby, who was sexually assaulted when she was 16, says those numbers are probably low because many young people are reluctant to report such crimes.
"We don’t want to talk about sexual abuse, we don’t want to talk about sexual violence because it's uncomfortable. (But) sometimes sitting in that discomfort, you can make great strides. I think that’s kind of what we’re doing here. This is uncomfortable, but we can do great things from that," Crosby told the legislature's Criminal Law and Sentencing Policy Study Committee.
Panel chair Sen. Michael Young says the state can’t effectively help abuse victims without a reporting system that they feel comfortable using. The committee will meet again in December.