Indiana is gaining a reputation for the way its women are treated — and it isn't pretty. The most recent figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that one of every five women in Indiana has been raped. This comes after a 2010 CDC survey found that Indiana high school girls experienced the nation's second-highest rate of forced sexual intercourse. Experts warn that sexual violence is an under-reported crime; the number of victims is likely much higher. Indiana University researchers recommend that officials strive for more effective surveying and data collection to guide prevention efforts. It also suggests schools should do more to promote healthy sexual norms. Such radical notions may run contrary to many Hoosier leaders' long-standing preference for repression and abstinence training but the mounting social costs associated with our growing victim pool suggests that the status quo falls far short of acceptable.
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