Associated Press (04.07.12) - Tuesday, April 10, 2012
A CDC-conducted analysis of sexual violence found that 17.3
percent of Indiana high school girls reported forced sexual
intercourse, compared with a national rate of 10.5 percent.
Indiana University (IU) researchers who analyzed the findings
believe the figures may not accurately reflect the problem
since up to 50 percent of sexual assaults are not reported.
Furthermore, Indiana, Mississippi, and New Mexico are the only
states that do not require law enforcement agencies to report
sexual violence to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
A challenge is determining why the numbers are so high. "There
are other more socially conservative states, more provincial
states, certainly poorer states," said Jonathan Plucker,
director of IU's Center for Evaluation & Education Policy.
"But the data we have available to us just didn't allow us to
figure out why our figures are so bad."
Plucker and Julia Heiman, director of the Kinsey Institute for
Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction, called for better
ways to create, track, and fund community-wide sex education
programs. Schools should develop more effective and age-
appropriate programs and boost staff training, they said.
Toby Strout, executive director of the Bloomington-based
Middle Way House, which works to end violence against women
and children, said at least 80 percent of unwanted sexual
activity involves people who know each other. "We're not
talking about people jumping out from behind the bushes," he