The Herald Bulletin

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February 19, 2014

Bill helping sexual assault victims moves forward

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There were questions raised in committee about whether victims under the age of 16 should be included in this bill.

Rep. Linda Lawson, D-Hammond, is a co-sponsor of the bill and used to work as a nurse in a sexual assault division. She advocated for including children because the youngest victim she ever had was just 16 months old, nowhere near old enough to give consent.

Lawson said in order to make sure prosecutors got the evidence they needed, children had to be included. Lanane agreed and said originally language was in saying victims had to be at least 18, but several lawmakers, including Lawson, argued everyone should be protected.

Lanane said he feels good about the bill receiving support in the Indiana House. The bill passed out of the Senate by a 48-0 vote earlier this session.

Follow Zach Osowski on Twitter @Osowski_THB, or call 640-4847.

What's next: Sen. Lanane's Senate Bill 255 passed out of a House committee 9-0 Wednesday. It now moves to the full House for second reading before a vote.

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