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Governor Pence Ceremonially Signs Jenny’s Law

Today, Governor Mike Pence ceremonially signed “Jenny’s Law”, SEA 94, which lengthens the statute of limitations for rape in the state of Indiana.

“‘Jenny’s Law’ marks an important milestone in the life of our state as well as in the lives of victims of sexual assault,” said Governor Pence. “This law would not have been possible without Jenny’s courage, and I’m honored she could join the ceremonial bill signing today.”

In attendance was Jenny Wendt Ewing, a sexual assault victim and advocate who inspired the legislation. She started a petition to urge legislators to lengthen Indiana’s statute of limitations in cases of sexual assault, and within three days, she had nearly 700 signatures and stories from other rape victims, fueling her efforts. SEA 94 was signed by Governor Pence on April 29, 2015.

The Governor was also joined by Senator Michael Crider (R-Greenfield), bill sponsors Representative Robert Cherry (R-Greenfield), Representative Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn), Representative Christina Hale (D-Indianapolis), and Representative Julie Olthoff (R-Crown Point), and bill co-author Senator Eric Bassler (R-Washington).