Task force appointed for child sex abuse prevention

By: NewsCenter 16 Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Email

Lansing Michigan Fifteen experts have been appointed to help Michigan's students, parents and teachers recognize the signs of child sex abuse.

Governor Rick Snyder appointed the task force as part of Erin's Law, enacted last year in honor of abuse survivor Erin Merryn.

The task force will review state laws and school policies to make sure everything is being done to protect children.

According to Berrien County Prosecutor Michael Sepic, many children lack the specific information needed to say no to an abuser, or feel safe reporting abuse.

The effort includes expansion plans for the children's assessment center in St. Joseph, which helps organizations investigate child sex abuse. In the past dozen years they've seen a 700 % increase in the number of children served.

If you'd like to donate to the expansion project, we have a link for more information on the Big Red Bar.


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