State Rep. Roger Hauck of Union Township announced he is helping sponsor legislation to help protect Michigan’s young people in sexual assault and child abuse cases.
The legislation introduced in the state House this week comes in response to the Larry Nassar scandal at Michigan State University.
“There are no words to adequately describe the outrage we all feel about what happened at Michigan State University,” Hauck said. “The focus must remain on the victims – and what we can do to help prevent a similar situation from happening again anywhere in our state. That’s what this legislation is all about, and that is why I support it.”
- Mandates K-12 and post-secondary coaches, assistant coaches and athletic trainers must report child abuse offenses to the state’s Children’s Protective Services;
- Prohibits an individual from using their position of authority to prevent an individual from reporting a crime, including criminal sexual conduct and child abuse;
- Adds sexual abuse, assault and rape to the state of Michigan’s OK2SAY program, which allows anyone to confidentially report tips or criminal activities directed at Michigan students, school employees, or schools.
Hauck co-sponsors the first two bills and supports the third.
House Bills 5537, 5538 and 5539 have been assigned to the House Law and Justice Committee.