Indiana Strip Clubs may be forced to charge a new tax to benefit victims of sexual assault.
The Indiana Coalition Against Sexual Assault proposed to Indiana legislatures that a $5 tax be charged to patrons of adult night clubs. The tax is currently utilized in several other states such as Texas where the tax brings in more than $10 million a year. Of the states enacting taxes or surcharges on adult entertainment, three thus far have utilized the funds generated for sexual abuse survivors.
Currently, the only funding from the state of Indiana that supports victims of sexual crimes comes from the Sexual Assault Victims Assistance fee which was established in 2004 and amounts to $25,000. This amount, according to officials, leaves many rape crisis centers underfunded.
INCASA, a group based in Indianapolis, hopes that by charging $5 to everyone who enters a strip club, the money can make a difference in an effort that currently depends primarily on federal funding. According to the supporters of the tax, direct studies have been performed that link adult entertainment and sexual abuse. This correlation is the founding grounds on why the tax makes sense.
Texas, Utah and Illinois all have these taxes or surcharges in place. The money is used to provide funding for sexual abuse survivors.