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Victim praises new sex assault reporting law

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INDIANAPOLIS - When she was 16, Malea Crosby did not meet her rapist on the street or in some dark alley.

"We were hanging out and then 'no' became 'I'm not listening' and then it became rape."

Like many date rape victims, she did not report it. Now she counsels childhood trauma victims, mostly dealing with sex assaults.

Crosby supports the new Indiana law to record sex assaults by age, sex, location and kind of crime.

"When I speak with high school students, they don't realize what happened to them was actually sexual assault," she says.

"This is Indiana," says state representative Christina Hale. "One of six girls of high school age has been raped or sexually assaulted, that's not acceptable."

Rep. Hale pushed the plan to better count the attacks in dark alleys, at college parties, in schools and at home. It also looks at sexual exploitation over social media - a new kind of sex crime.

"Children blackmailing other children with selfies, threatening to post them at school or tell their parents, they are becoming victims in this crime live and in real time," says Hale.

"They put themselves out there," says Crosby. "It makes them targets for both males and females."

Hale says the report could also help better identify the male victims of sexual assault. She says there's almost no good accounting of those victims.
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