It’s estimated that one in six women is sexually assaulted or raped in her lifetime. But advocates for sexual assault survivors say there aren’t enough services to help women and men who are victims of these attacks. There’s a bill under discussion at the Statehouse that would increase the court costs paid by sex offenders and other criminals, with the proceeds funding new and existing rape crisis centers around Ohio. Megan O’Bryan is the head of the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center. She talked about the proposal with Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler.
Court costs would go up 60% - from $9 to $15 for misdemeanors and from $30 to $50 for felons. And sex offenders would pay an extra $100. It’s thought that this change could bring in $125,000 to start, and at least that much each year. The money raised by this bill would be administered by the Attorney General’s office, which would determine where it would go first.