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State is expanding services for sexual assault victims
Attorney General DeWine says 52 of Ohio's 88 counties don’t offer such programs
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE BUREAU CHIEF KAREN KASLER


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Karen Kasler
 
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Every two minutes, someone in the United States is sexually assaulted. And the Centers for Disease Control estimates 743,000 Ohio women are survivors of rape.

With the high-profile Steubenville rape verdict just a few days ago, Ohio's attorney general says he wants to provide grant money for new regional coordinators to oversee comprehensive services for victims of sexual assault.

Mike DeWine says a study of Ohio’s 88 counties shows 52 of them don’t offer such programs.
State expanding services for sexual assault victims

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The five year, $1.5 million project focuses in its first year on expanding services to Crawford, Meigs, Perry and Wyandot counties. Two Republican state lawmakers are proposing a bill to levy a $100 fee on sex offenders to pay for rape crisis programs.
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