Government
9:31 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Task Force Recommends Steps To Combat Child Sexual Abuse

A task force has released its recommendations on combatting sexual abuse of children in Missouri. 

There are 22 recommendations in all.  They include eliminating the statute of limitations in Missouri on first-degree statutory rape and statutory sodomy.  They also include requiring people who are legally obligated to report child sex abuse incidents to directly contact the state’s Children’s Division, instead of a senior person within their own organizations. 

GOP Senator Bob Dixon of Springfield was one of the task force members.

“A wake-up call has been sounded, a discussion has begun, and I believe this report is really truly a blueprint for action,” says Dixon.

The recommendations were delivered to the Governor and lawmakers one week before the start of this year’s legislative session.