DeWine said a completed
survey found that 52 out of Ohio's 88 counties do not
offer these comprehensive services. He said it is crucial that adequate
services are available to anyone who has been sexually assaulted.
"Our goal is to
ensure a quick and compassionate emergency response is available to any victim
of sexual assault any time of the week any time of the day anywhere In the
state of Ohio, " said DeWine.
The five year, $1.5
million project, focuses on expanding services to four Ohio counties. DeWine was
joined by Ohio representatives Nan
Baker and Kirk Schuring.
legislation that would levy a $100 fee on sex offenders to pay for rape crisis
programs such as hotlines, victim advocacy and support services.