LATEST SENATOR CASEY
Washington, D.C. – As Child Abuse Prevention Month comes to a close, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) has reintroduced his Speak Up to Protect Every Abused Kid Act (SPEAK Up Act). The bill would require states to implement a consistent standard for child abuse reporting by requiring those with responsibility over children, such as medical professionals, teachers and coaches, to report suspected child abuse and neglect directly to state authorities.
Casey’s bill was first introduced in the wake of the Sandusky scandal. The legislation would tie states’ child abuse prevention funding to the adoption of new standards to better protect abuse victims, and require individuals to report directly to the appropriate state authorities.
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