Proposed Law Would Require Onlookers to Report Child Sex Crimes
Democratic Representative Nick Lampson of Texas has proposed a bill that would require witnesses of child sexual abuse to report the crime to authorities. Penalties for violating the law would be determined on a state-by-state basis.
The bill is named the "Sherrice Iverson Act" to honor the memory of a seven-year-old girl who was kidnapped, raped, and murdered by 19-year-old Jeremy Strohmeyer, who has since been sentenced to life in prison without parole. Strohmeyer's friend, David Cash, admitted that he saw Strohmeyer assaulting Iverson yet did not intervene, even when Strohmeyer later told him that he had killed his victim.
Strohmeyer admitted to fantasizing about having sex with girls ages 5 or 6 on the internet and prosecutors seized his computer as evidence.
2/27/2015 This Bipartisan Bill Will Hold Colleges Accountable for Ending Campus Sexual Assault - A bipartisan bill aimed at holding colleges and universities accountable for rape and sexual assault cases was introduced in Congress yesterday, spearheaded by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY).
Some of the Campus Accountability and Safety Act's key key provisions include a requirement of confidential reporting systems on colleges and universities, minimum training requirements for campus personnel, and stricter penalties for schools found to be in violation of Title IX or the Clery Act. . . .
2/26/2015 If This Bill Passes Federal Law Will Add Consent to Sex Ed Curriculums - Right now, federal law does not require health or sex education to include sexual assault prevention - but that could change with a new bill introduced by Senators Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and Tim Kaine (D-VA).
The Teach Safe Relationships Act of 2015, which was introduced earlier this month, would require all public secondary schools in the country to include teaching "safe relationship behavior" in order to help prevent domestic violence and sexual assault. . . .