INDIANAPOLIS - Police have launched two sexual assault investigations after two girls were found crying in a bathroom together following a "good touch, bad touch" class at their Indianapolis elementary school.
The Call 6 Investigators are not naming the northwest-side elementary school where the discoveries were made this week to protect the victims’ identities.
Police said both girls, 11 and 12, had just attended a social health presentation in the classroom that teaches children the difference between a "good touch" and an inappropriate touch. Minutes later, the girls were found crying in the school bathroom together.
Counselors and police were called and both girls were then separated so that police could gather details.
The 11-year-old girl told Indianapolis Public Schools police that she had been victimized by a male relative when she was between the ages of 5 and 7. She said the relative had repeatedly taken her to a bedroom and had sexual intercourse with her. She estimated it had happened between five and nine times.
She also said that her sister, who is one year older than her, had interrupted one of the attacks and told their mother. She told police her mother did nothing beyond scolding the suspect, who is now listed as 21 years old.
The victim said she was sexually assaulted three times after that.
The 12-year-old girl also told police she was sexually assaulted when she was younger. She said she was 7 or 8 years old when a cousin "told her to get under the sheets with him," police wrote in their report.
The girl said the cousin, now listed as 24 years old, had raped her but she did not provide further details when police asked for specifics.
Officials with Child Protective Services were notified about each case as police started their separate criminal investigations.
The 12-year-old was released to her parents because investigators said the attacker did not live in her home. However, the 11-year-old reported that her attacker still lived at the home, so caseworkers were preparing to make other arrangements to keep the girl safe.
A 2003 study from the National Institute of Justice found that 74 percent of young sexual assault victims were attacked by someone they knew, while 21.1 percent were victimized by members of the family.
A study from The National Center for Victims of Crime found that 63 percent of women who had suffered sexual abuse by a family member went on to report another rape or attempted rape after the age of 14.
No charges have been filed in this week’s two sexual assault cases discovered at the school as police were beginning their investigation.