Rep Cox announces bill to better protect sexual abuse victims

first_imgIncreases criminal penalties for mandatory reporters, such as coaches and athletic trainers, who fail to report child abuse and neglect, including sexual abuse.The legislation is inspired by the recent sexual assault allegations against former physician Larry Nassar, who has been sentenced to up 175 years in federal and state prison for his crimes against more than 200 victims. Also attending Monday’s press conference were several of Nassar’s victims.“This legislation is absolutely necessary to protect everyone from sexual abuse in Michigan,” Cox said. “A predator’s pattern of assault often spans decades.  We must strive to better serve the victims in our state–from the young women involved in the case of Dr. Nassar to prosecutions arising from backlogged rape kits in Detroit.” Categories: Cox News,News Multi-bill package introduced in response to recent Nassar scandalState Rep. Laura Cox, of Livonia, unveiled legislation Monday that allows Michigan’s prosecutors and courts to introduce and consider relevant information and evidence involving an individual’s prior acts of sexual-based offenses in criminal cases, regardless of the age of the victim.The bill is part of a 10-bill legislative package announced Monday during a press conference at the state Capitol to protect Michigan’s children and survivors of childhood sexual abuse.“Michigan must allow courts and juries to properly take into consideration a suspect’s history of sexual assault as we work to take these dangerous predators off our streets,” Cox said. “Currently, in cases involving sexual offenses against minors, courts are permitted to consider evidence that a suspect may have committed a previous sexual offense for any relevant purpose.This legislation would close a gap in the law and allow courts to consider evidence of prior sexual offenses for any relevant purpose regardless of whether the victim is a minor or an adult.”The legislative package:Expands the criminal statute of limitations to enable prosecutors to hold offenders accountable;Increases criminal penalties and expands definitions related to the possession of child sexually abusive material;Ends immunity for abusers and enablers of abuse;Preserves anonymity for survivors in civil lawsuits;Expands the civil statute of limitations for survivors;center_img 27Feb Rep. Cox announces bill to better protect sexual abuse victimslast_img

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