Senator Peterson: 'Sex crime laws need to be stronger in Louisiana'

Legislators: Rape victims left paying thousands in hospital bills

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - State leaders are holding many agencies accountable about what they know about sexual assaults in Louisiana. The Senate Committee on women and children met Monday morning wanting to hear all the issues there are when it comes to rapes and sexual assaults in the state.

Committee chair woman Karen Carter Peterson says sex crime laws need to be stronger, which is why the hearing Monday was to listen and learn how they, as lawmakers, can make sure when a woman says no, no means no and yes means yes.

"It's a beautiful act, sex and love, if it's consensual. It's a violent, heinous act that is painful and imposes life-long hurting if it's done in the wrong way, to a young virgin," said Sen. Peterson, (D) New Orleans.

A woman who was raped also testified, as well as another victim's mother.

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