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California Lawmaker Calls on GAO to Expand Child Sex Crime Investigations to Youth Athletic Clubs

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

A number of recent high-profile-incidents involving sexual abuse of children by coaches and others in authority have spurred California lawmakers into action. Representative George Miller Democrat-California has called on the Government Accountability Office to investigate the manner in which youth athletic clubs handle investigations of sexual abuse of children when these come to light.

Representative Miller serves as the senior Democrat on the House Education and Workforce Committee. He has asked the Government Accountability Office to include youth athletic clubs and extra curricular activities in its investigation into the weakness in the laws and policies that govern reporting of child sexual abuse at schools and universities. According to Miller, a recent string of sex crimes involving abuse of children at schools across the country have raised concerns about whether the current reporting policies and laws that are in place are sufficient to prevent and address such incidents of abuse. Representative Miller wants the Government Accountability Office to also focus on the reporting policies that are in in place at youth athletic clubs and other activity clubs.

In May, Representative Miller was responsible for releasing at least three pieces of legislation aimed at helping prevent sex crimes involving children. These pieces of legislation included the Protecting Students from Sexual and Violent Predators Act, Keeping Students Safe Act, and the Stop Child Abuse in Residential Programs for Teens Act. In a letter to the Government Accountability Office, Representative Miller specifically asked the agency to address the prevalence of sexual abuse among student athletes and the manner in which these incidents are reported, investigated and resolved when they occur on school property.

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