“Shadows of Innocence”

The figures are sad and staggering. Indiana has the second-highest rate of rape among high-school-aged girls — more than 17 percent of Indiana’s high school girls reported forced sexual intercourse as compared to the national average of 10.5 percent.

15150Tomorrow night, our colleagues in the WFIU/WTIU newsroom, also known as Indiana Public Media, will air a documentary addressing Indiana’s high rate of sexual assault among teens. “Shadows of Innocence: Sexual Assault Among Indiana’s Youth” features the stories of sexual assault survivors, as well as commentary from statewide violence prevention experts, psychologists and educators, including researchers from IU Bloomington’s Center for Evaluation and Education Policy (CEEP) and the Kinsey Institute.

The documentary will be followed by a roundtable discussion featuring questions from an audience of Indiana high school students, and a Twitter hashtag (#INshadows) has been created for online discussion.

The documentary is also accompanied by a special website that includes a number of related resources, including links to sexual assault prevention organizations as well as to academic studies, such as a CEEP-Kinsey Institute study from 2012 that explored the scope of sexual violence nationally and in Indiana and examined recent changes in how the problem is being addressed.

Here is a trailer for tomorrow’s program.


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