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State Announces A Replacement For Its Former Sex Assault Task Force

Indiana House Democrats

Attorney General Greg Zoeller Wednesday announced the creation of a non-profit organization dedicated to helping sexual assault victims.  The new group will fill the role vacated when the Indiana Coalition Against Sexual Assault, or INCASA, fell apart last year.

The new organization is called the Indiana Coalition to End Sexual Assault.  Using public and private dollars, it will connect sexual assault service efforts around the state, provide support for victims and training for advocates. 

The Coalition’s board will be led by Frank Pulice.  He says INCASA, which the new group replaces, fell apart last year due to fiscal insolvency, brought on by what Pulice calls “mismanagement."

“There’s wasn’t big accountability between their board and the staff," Pulice says.  "We’re going to make that much different.  We’re going to prioritize all along the board, all along with the staff.”

Laura Berry is one of Indiana’s leading sexual assault victim advocates.  She says she’s impressed by the new coalition – which includes several business leaders.

“Well, I think they have some strong abilities with their board members who can open up some doors for them to be able to seek funding,” she says.

Attorney General Greg Zoeller and State Rep. Christina Hale (D-Indianapolis) will also sit on the board – Pulice says it was important to him to have state officials engaged in the group. 

Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.
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