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Radio Smart Talk for Thursday, December 13:
The Pennsylvania Task Force on Child Protection has recommended toughening child sex abuse laws, redefining what child abuse is, and expanding the list of people who are required to report suspected abuse.
Delilah Rumberg, the Chief Executive Officer of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape and a member of the task force will be a guest on Thursday's Radio Smart Talk to discuss the changes that are recommended.
The Task Force was appointed after former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was accused of sexually molesting, abusing and assaulting ten young boys and teenagers last year Sandusky was convicted on 45 counts last June and sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison.
Legislative action must be taken to implement the recommendations into law.
Also, Republican State Representative Mauree Gingrich of Lebanon County has proposed a bill that would require the Pennsylvania Department of Education to develop an age-appropriate curriculum to teach children how to recognize sexual abuse and to identify behaviors in adults that can lead to abuse.
Rep. Gingrich will be with us as well.
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