Combating Child Sex Abuse

Last week we read of two matters associated with child sex abuse.


U.S. Senator Toomey (Pennsylvania) lamented a newspaper report that four years after his bipartisan child predator bill passed, most states were still not enforcing it. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) targets the practice known as “passing the trash.” After determining that an employee has abused a child, a school fires the employee but then helps them to get another job in another school district without sharing the reason for the termination. The article was based on a paper in the Journal of Child Sexual Abuse the abstract of which included:


Overall, researchers found that just four states had fully complied; several others were in the process of creating relevant policy and legislation and a few began the process in response to researchers’ queries. However, the overwhelming majority of states—39—had no plans to create relevant legislation or policy [emphasis added], either because they were unaware of the provision or because they believed, erroneously, that existing laws fulfilled the ESSA mandate.


The other matter was that state laws extending the statute of limitations for child sex abuse are increasing costs for insurers. The Wall Street Journal reported that these new laws “pose a growing financial risk to major insurance companies. The companies are adding to their reserves because of uncertainty about sexual-abuse liabilities. One characterized it as a "response to the difficult environment around molestation and abuse.”


The Archdiocese of New York sued 31 insurance companies in anticipation of the insurance companies denying coverage for claims likely to follow the state’s Child Victims Act. The law creates a one-year window to bring the sexual assault lawsuits, no matter when the alleged abuse occurred.


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Less than 5% of the small and medium businesses and nonprofits in the U.S. have any program to prevent and detect child sex abuse (or any other illegal acts). Many programs to prevent and detect the devastation caused by child sex abuse are better than nothing. Our system is the most likely to prevent and the first to detect child sex abuse because it is based on seminal and extensive research beginning with the Comprehensive Analyses of Factors Associated with Communicating Serious Issues, Feedback and Suggestions, Why Serious Issues Go Unreported and How Leaders Can Protect Their People and Organizations from Devastating Consequences.


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