Lawmakers Seek Overhaul Of Handling Of Sexual Assaults
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — State lawmakers say they want to reform the way law enforcement agencies, colleges, and hospitals handle cases of sexual assault in Louisiana.
Rep. Helena Moreno and Sen. J.P. Morrell are pushing legislation they say will create uniform statewide standards and help sexual assault victims get appropriate treatment.
Bills proposed by the two New Orleans Democrats would ban hospitals from charging victims for sexual assault exams, regulate evidence collection and require colleges and law enforcement agencies to publish annual reports on the number of cases, among others.
Moreno says the state must take care of sexual assault victims, not only because it is required by federal law but because it is the right thing to do.
Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal says he supports the legislation.
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