Other recommendations would not require state law changes. The task force suggested early intervention and treatment for youth who engage in illegal or inappropriate sexual behavior and expanded mental health services for children who have been sexually abused. It also advised developing standardized training for all mandated abuse reporters, noting they frequently have received little or no instruction.
The committee suggested a statewide public awareness campaign for child sex abuse and urged schools and organizations that serve youth to establish child protection policies. The task force said most recommendations require some funding and urged the Legislature to consider targeting more money for combatting child sex abuse.
"We need awareness and vigilance from the statehouse to the schools and to our houses of worship," said Sen. Bob Dixon, R-Springfield. "The wake-up call has been sounded."
Task force report: http://bit.ly/S7x7S4