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30 Laws: New fund fuels new life for sexual assault survivors

By Megan Powell TheStatehouseFile.com Editor’s note: This is the 15th in a series of stories about new laws that are taking effect, most of them on July 1. INDIANAPOLIS — Kelly Vates’ life mission day-in and day-out is to talk to as many people as possible about sexual assault. “I am a survivor of many […]

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Study committee takes up issue of DNA sampling for arrestees

By Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Lawmakers on the Correction and Criminal Code Interim Study Committee discussed Rep. Pat Bauer’s, D-South Bend, proposal to collect DNA samples from those arrested for felony charges. Currently, DNA is only kept in a database for those convicted of a felony. Bauer, D-South Bend, authored House Bill 1551 for […]

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New law: “Jenny’s Law” extends statute of limitations for rape

By Aubrey Helms TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – On April 29, Gov. Mike Pence picked up the phone and called Jenny Wendt Ewing. She’s a rape victim whose assailant confessed and went free because of the state’s statute of limitations. And Pence wanted to tell her that what has become known as “Jenny’s law” – which extends […]

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Bill to provide more time for some rape prosecutions passes House

By Adam Lee TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The House passed a bill on Tuesday that gives police and prosecutors more time to find and charge a rapist in some cases. Senate Bill 94, authored by Sen. Michael Crider, R-Greenfield, would extend the statute of limitations from five to 10 years on cases that have DNA evidence […]

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Video & story: Funding for domestic violence programs would double under legislation

Lawmakers request funding for domestic violence and sexual assault treatments from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Funding for domestic violence treatment and shelters would double over the next two years and rape crisis centers would get new money as well under legislation approved Wednesday by a House committee. The Family, Children […]

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Bill changes statute of limitations on rape cases

By Chris Arnold TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would extend the statute of limitations on rape cases passed the Indiana Senate on Tuesday. Senate Bill 94, which would extend the statute of limitations from five to 10 years if the state finds DNA evidence or a suspect confesses to the crime, is authored by […]

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Bill to extend statute of limitations on rape moves to full Senate

By Chris Arnold TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Keith Morris, a victim of a sexual assault as a child, found himself unable to seek justice for the crime committed against him. After 24 years of processing the incident, he finally came forward and shared what he had experienced, but nothing could be done because the statute of […]

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Bill would extend statute of limitation in rape cases

By Chris Arnold TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – An Indiana lawmaker is pushing a bill that would increase the statute of limitations from five to 10 years in rape cases when an offender confesses or is identified. The bill is part of a package outlined Wednesday by five Central Indiana senators who are concerned about crime in […]

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State to host training about teen sex assault and education

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State education officials will host a regional training event Friday about teen dating violence and safety in schools. The event – titled “Teen Dating Violence/Sexual Assault: Creating a Safe Environment at School” – is sponsored by the Indiana Department of Education and the Indiana School Safety Academy. It’s designed to […]