VISALIA, California -- It's not something anyone wants to think about, but being the victim of sexual abuse carries the risk of getting a disease. Now, one California community is looking to pass a procedure that would at least make information more accessible for those who have been attacked.
An ordinance ready for vote in Tulare County mandates that anyone arrested for sexually-based offenses gets an HIV test within 48 hours, when requested by the victim.
“If someone is a victim... they want to know that kind of information, otherwise there's that fear factor,” says Steven Worthley, on the Tulare County Board of Supervisors.
The program is funded by $300,000 from the Department of Justice—money that would just disappear if it's not put to use.