Olthoff's bill reallocating funds for sexual assault victims advances

Posted by: Brenda Holmes  | Tuesday, February 2, 2016

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Olthoff’s bill reallocating funds for sexual assault victims advances

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 2, 2016) – The Indiana House of Representatives voted unanimously today in support of State Rep. Julie Olthoff’s (R-Crown Point) bill redistributing state funds dedicated to helping sexual assault victims.

Olthoff said the state budget includes $2 million in appropriations dedicated to the Sexual Assault Victims Assistant Fund.

Under House Bill 1233, the Victim Services Division of the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI) would work with the Indiana Coalition to End Sexual Assault (ICESA) to direct the $2 million dedicated to prevention and to helping rape victims. The bill expands programming and provides seed money to establish new rape crisis centers throughout the state.

“We would like to use ICESA's expertise in overseeing this money," Olthoff said, "I’m asking that this bill become effective immediately upon its passage in order for the funds to be distributed as soon as possible to address victim physical, psychological and emotional needs.”

The bill will now move to the Senate for further consideration.

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Rep. Olthoff (R-Crown Point) represents portions of Lake County.

There is a 36 second video clip of Rep. Olthoff speaking about HB 1233 available by clicking here.