In the aftermath of systemic failures at Michigan State University, state Rep. Pamela Hornberger is co-sponsoring legislation designed to help protect young people in sexual assault and child abuse cases across the state.
“We must do everything within our power to protect our kids, and to hold those who fail them accountable,” said Hornberger, of Chesterfield Township, after bills were introduced this week in the state House. “Our main objective should be ‘never again.’ What can we do to help prevent this sort of failure from repeating itself somewhere else in our state? We must all do our part to improve our systems and create a safer environment for our youth.”
The legislation 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. The bills also prohibit an individual from using their position of authority to prevent an individual from reporting a crime, including criminal sexual conduct and child abuse.
House Bills 5537 and 5538 have been assigned to the House Law and Justice Committee.