New Report Recommends States Introduce Laws to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse, Strengthen Child Safety in Schools & Youth Organizations

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According to Bernier, “Children from every community and from all economic, racial and cultural groups are included in the estimated one in ten children who are victims of child sexual abuse. And the pandemic has placed children at significantly greater risk, as confirmed by the unprecedented numbers of calls to rape crisis hotlines by minors over the past year.”

Specifically, the report urges President Biden to appoint a policy czar and federal inter-agency task force to work with private sector abuse prevention experts to address what law enforcement and public health experts are calling a pandemic within a pandemic. The report also calls upon lawmakers in every state to introduce legislation mandating all school employees and students receive training on how to prevent, early identify and report child sexual abuse.

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