Attorney General Josh Stein Pushes Legislation to Protect Kids WNCN 07/31/2019
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Attorney General Josh Stein Pushes Legislation to Protect Kids WNCN 07/31/2019

If you know about it and don’t report it,
you could soon find yourself being charged.
That’s exactly right. A new law making its way through the state legislature
that makes it a crime to not report the sexual abuse of a child. Attorney General
Josh Stein explained to me what that means and how the law goes even further. Larry Nassar is currently serving his 175- year prison sentence after being accused
of molesting at least 250 young women during his time at Michigan State. His
victims included a number of Olympic gymnasts. The fact it went unreported for
so long is exactly why Attorney General Josh Stein and state legislators are
trying to keep anything like that from happening here in North Carolina. “There
were people in that administration who knew it and they did nothing to put a
stop to it. They have a legal duty if they know somebody’s engaged in that
kind of action to notify law enforcement so that we can protect young people.” The Safe Child Act will make it a
misdemeanor to not report knowledge of
of a juvenile who is a victim of violence and sexual abuse. It also makes it
illegal for a high-risk sex offender to communicate with someone online who they believe is under 16 years old. Currently, a victim of child sex abuse can only go after their predator in civil court until they’re the age of 21. The new law
extends that statute of limitations to age 38. “From 12 to 16 to be in an
emotional place where they can bring a civil action for all the damage that
they suffered by the age of 21 it’s unrealistic, and in fact, science tells us
it’s unrealistic. The trauma takes too long for the brain to process.” And you
can read that entire bill online at, and you can actually see all the
iterations that it has gone through back and forth between the House and the
Senate, but wide bipartisan support. Just sad that we need that in place. It is
true, but I’m glad they’re doing something. Absolutely. All right and you can see much more of my content at or the news app.

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