House Approves Plan For Study on Teen Sexual Assault and Rape (VIDEO)

By Madeline Shine - 21Alive

February 27, 2014 Updated Feb 27, 2014 at 6:55 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21 Alive) -- The House of Representatives has just approved a plan to study the number of teen sexual assaults and rapes in Indiana.

The center for disease control indicates one and every six girls in Indiana have been raped or sexually assaulted.

On Wednesday, the house voted in favor to the issue Democratic Representative Christina Hale of Indianapolis has been pressing for, to raise awareness about the high number in sexual assaults among teens in Indiana.

The plan is to look at the causes of crimes, who commits them and where they are committed.

Bringing this issue to light will hopefully help teens and other people impacted by rape or assault report it to authorities.

As of now the state sees a high amount of under-reported assaults.

“You know I’m not really sure what's causing all of this but we need to address it, because there are long term complications for people who have been assaulted. Not just mental health issues, but physical issues. They're at risk for certain diseases, all sorts of things like that so, you know I think this is an important issue that I think we need to get to the bottom of. Already this is occurring in a time where people are already vulnerable. You know the brain is not fully developed until you're 25. So these things are happening at an age where trauma and those types of events have more of an impact on a developing neurological system,” Allen County Health Commissioner Deborah McMahan said.

To report a sexual assault or rape contact authorities, a doctor, or call 211.




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