3.8.16 | Tanae Howard
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Mar. 8, 2016)-- An Indiana lawmaker is leading the charge to combat sexual assaults on college campuses.
Rep. Christina Hale (D-Indianapolis) introduced legislation to protect victims of sexual assault when they report it on campus.
One in five young women is sexually assaulted on college campuses in Indiana and around the country.
"But we have a terrible problem in that they're just not reporting. That means we can't connect them with the services they need. We also can't secure the prosecutions to get the perpetrators off the streets," said Rep. Hale.
House Bill 1105 will ensure victims of sexual assault on college campuses can file a confidential report of the incident. As it stands, anything currently told to a victims' advocate becomes part of public record.
"So they can't go in confidence to tell them their story and everything they need to do without fear everything will come out in public or in a court of law later on," said Representative Hale.