State panel looks at high teen sexual assault rate

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A panel of Indiana lawmakers is considering pleas from health advocates looking for a way to curb the state's high rate of teen sexual assaults.
Democratic State Rep. Christina Hale said Thursday that lawmakers need to look at ways to better protect children against violent sex crimes. She testified before the Criminal Law and Sentencing Policy Study Committee with a group of sexual assault experts.
The Centers for Disease Control reports that 17.3 percent of Indiana girls between grades 9 and 12 have reported being raped. That's compared to a national average of 10.5 percent.
Republican Sen. Mike Young of Indianapolis said that any answer from the General Assembly would have to take the form of legislation and pressed the group for specific solutions.

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