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Task force recommends rewriting state Child Protective Services Law

Written by The Associated Press | Nov 27, 2012 12:53 PM

(Harrisburg) -- A commission set up by the Pennsylvania Legislature after Jerry Sandusky's molestation arrest last year says "sweeping'' changes to state law are needed.

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Today, the Pennsylvania Task Force on Child Protection announced its recommendations, which include rewriting the Child Protective Services Law.

It says the state should change how child abuse cases are handled, revamp how child abuse crimes are investigated, and improve training for those responsible for child welfare.

The group says the state should eliminate a requirement that children have to experience severe pain in order to be classified as abuse under the law.

The definition of "perpetrator'' would be expanded greatly and penalties would be harsher for people who don't report abuse.

Sandusky is serving a state prison sentence for child sexual abuse.

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  • snapjudy img 2012-11-27 17:53

    These are safe changes, not "sweeping" changes. Sadly, we think they'll help a little, but not a lot.

    The "Statute of Limitations" for child sex crimes needs to be reformed, especially a window of opportunity so past victims can have their day in court. This is the one for sure way to expose the truth, to hold accountable those who are responsible, and to get this child sex abuse stopped today.
    Child predators need to be kept far away from kids forever...
    BUT, an even more powerful danger is when high ranking officials enable, empower, and cover up these crimes against kids. They need to be held accountable for allowing more innocent kids to be sexually abused.
    Child sex abuse thrives in secrecy and secret systems that allow it to continue to this day.

    Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, USA, 636-433-2511. snapjudy@gmail.com,
    (SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests,) is the worlds oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims.
    SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 12,000 members. Despite the word priest in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers and increasingly, victims who were assaulted in a wide range of institutional settings like summer camps, athletic programs, Boy Scouts, etc

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