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Jindal approves revamp of state sexual assault standards

1 year 4 months 4 days ago June 23, 2015 Jun 23, 2015 Tuesday, June 23 2015 June 23, 2015 4:56 PM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: APNewsNow

BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal has signed into law a package of bills to revamp how Louisiana treats victims of rape.

The new standards dictate the way hospitals, authorities and public colleges investigate sexual assault and treat the victims. One key provision bars health care providers from billing victims for forensic exams, pregnancy testing and STD testing.

The measures also address how sexual assaults are investigated on college campuses.

Jindal said in a statement that victims of "horrendous crimes" like rape deserve to receive medical care "without having to worry."

Victims' advocates say Louisiana has long been behind the times. That prompted Rep. Helena Moreno and Sen. J.P. Morrell, both New Orleans Democrats, to push the bills Jindal signed Tuesday.

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