sexual assault

Local News
4:41 pm
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.

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Politics
7:51 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Senator Joe Donnelly Pushes U.S. Military Leaders to Better Address Sexual Assaults

U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly, D-In., joined a chorus of lawmakers on the Armed Services Committee who berated top military leaders over the rise of sexual assault in the armed forces.

In recent months, a series of reports have uncovered a spike in rape and other sexual assault cases against men and women that have been called "terrifying" and a "cancer" despite efforts to curb the problem.

Last month, a study conducted by The Pentagon showed a 35 percent increase in estimated sexual abuse incidents in 2012 compared to 2010.

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.

"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.

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Local News
1:45 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Nightline Covers Case of Louisville Teen Who Tweeted About Her Attackers

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.

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" in the Nightline piece:

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Local News
9:05 am
Sun July 22, 2012

Sexual Assault Victim Faces Contempt Case for Tweeting About Attackers

A 17-year-old Kentucky girl faces contempt charges for tweeting the names of two teens who sexually assaulted her.

Savannah Dietrich of Louisville told The Courier-Journal she is frustrated by what she feels is a lenient plea bargain.

The boys' attorneys have asked a judge to hold Dietrich in contempt for violating the confidentiality of a juvenile hearing.

Contempt carries a possible sentence of 180 days in jail and a $500 fine.

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