Indiana Health Department issues 5-year plan to fight sexual assault

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana State Department of Health has issued a five-year plan to fight sexual assault in the state that focuses on prevention and education, particularly for children who are in high school or younger.

The plan was released this week. It presents goals, including bolstering local policies regarding sexual assaults and promoting social behavior that would reduce sexual violence.

The plan, however, doesn’t include goals for college campuses in Indiana. Tracey Krueger, interim executive director of the Indiana Coalition to End Sexual Assault, says that’s OK because many universities already have available prevention programs.

According to 2011 data cited in the State Department of Health’s plan, 14.5 percent of high school-aged girls and 5.2 percent of high school-aged boys in Indiana report being physically forced to have unwanted sexual intercourse.

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