Recommendations for Reducing Child Sexual Abuse Released
Thursday, June 18, 2015
A report from the Task Force on Prevention of Sexual Abuse of Children, formed through Erin’s Law – legislation named after child abuse survivor Erin Merryn, includes recommendations on ways the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), schools, law enforcement, courts, medical professionals and other public and private agencies can prevent child sexual abuse.
Snyder has asked MDHHS Director Nick Lyon to thoroughly review the report to determine how the state should proceed.
In addition to representatives from MDHHS, the task force included members from Attorney General Bill Schuette’s office, local law enforcement, prosecutors’ offices, education, courts, children’s advocacy groups and other public and private organizations.
The task force also gathered information about child sexual abuse statewide and developed a common protocol to be used by state partners in local communities to help identify, prevent and investigate child sexual abuse.
Source: Michigan Department of Health and Human Services