State Bill Introduced To Prevent Child Sexual Abuse Cover-ups

By EGP News Service

Assembly Member Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) introduced AB 1564, bill Tuesday to strip nonprofits of their tax exempt status if they do not report incidents of child sexual abuse.

“AB 1564 deters nonprofit organizations of all types – universities, faith based, or educational – from sweeping abuse under the rug and sends a clear message that failing to report incidents of child sexual abuse is unacceptable,” said Lara, who said he was a victim of child sexual abuse himself.

He added that a third grade teacher at Miramonte Elemetnary School, located within his district, was arrested on 23 counts of lewd acts on children. “My heart goes out to the victims and their families,” he said.

The legislation could have deter the cover-up of sexual abuse crimes at Penn State University and the Boys Scout of America that have recently surfaced, Lara said.

The bill also adds volunteers to the list of mandated reporters requires that employers provide employees and volunteers with training in child abuse reporting. AB 1564 will be heard in policy committee within the next few months.

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February 2, 2012  Copyright © 2012 Eastern Group Publications, Inc.

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