Rep LaSata plan to protect sexual assault victims signed into law

first_img Categories: LaSata News,News 18Dec Rep. LaSata plan to protect sexual assault victims signed into law A proposal from State Representative Kim LaSata expanding the capacity of the OK2SAY hotline to accept reports on sexual abuse, assault and rape was signed by the Governor on Monday.OK2SAY was originally established in 2014 as a method of anonymously reporting criminal activity at school. The 24-hour system has been expanded to include other crimes and has received more than 16,000 reports.“This confidential reporting program has been an effective tool for students to provide important information about potentially dangerous situations happening in their schools or neighborhoods,” said LaSata, of Bainbridge Township. “This assists our law enforcement officials who are doing their best to ensure a safe and supportive environment for our children and young adults.”House Bill 5539, now Public Act 371 of 2018, was one of several bills signed on Monday to ensure additional protections for Michigan’s children in the wake of the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal. LaSata helped lead a legislative inquiry into Michigan State University’s handling of the Nassar scandal while exploring ways to adopt preventative measures for the future.“It is critical that our students feel protected. I am hopeful these reforms will create a safer environment for our kids for years to come,” said LaSata. “Nassar’s acts were unspeakably traumatic for victims and we had to come together to find ways to ensure such acts don’t go unchecked in the future.”HB 5539 had unanimous support in the Michigan House and Senate before reaching the Governor’s desk.###last_img

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *