April 12, 2017

Mary Leary, professor, law, published an op-ed in the Washington Post about steps congress could take to help keep children safe from being victimized and trafficked.


In late March, the Senate Judiciary Committee convened a public hearing to express its outrage at the sexual abuse of female athletes in the American gymnastics program. The senators’ comments painted a picture of a vast bipartisan effort to protect our children from sexual assault and exploitation. During the hearing on the “Protecting Young Victims of Sexual Abuse Act,” senators warned the Olympic Committee that they would take action, described sexual abuse as “a parent’s worst nightmare” and declared that “protecting children from abusers has been a top priority” of Capitol Hill.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

When one examines more broadly what Congress could — but has thus far failed — to do with current legislation to protect even more children from sexual abuse, one sees a very different picture. ...

Read more at the Washington Post 

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