In the past several weeks, we’ve watched the reckoning and sentencing of Larry Nassar, athletic doctor to the USA Olympic gymnastics team. This man, sentenced to up to 175 year in prison, joined the long list of cases of sexual predators repeatedly abusing and silencing women and children.
“Larry is the most dangerous type of abuser. One who is capable of manipulating his victims through coldly calculated grooming methodologies, presenting the most wholesome and caring external persona as a deliberate means to ensure a steady stream of young children to assault.”
-Rachael Denhollander, gymnast.
More than 160 women testified against Nassar and the abuse they experienced while under his care. For far too long this sexual predator and child abuser had unlimited access to young and aspiring athletes at Michigan State University and elsewhere.
We have a unique opportunity, here in Congress, to fight against monsters like Larry Nassar.
And that’s exactly what we’re doing.
Here is what House Republicans have done to protect our children and punish those who abuse them.
8 ways the House has fought to end child abuse and exploitation:
- By ensuring that youth-serving organizations have access to national background checks on prospective staff and volunteers through the FBI’s database.
- Source: The Child Protection Improvements Act (H.R. 695)
- By protecting valuable information and evidence used to prosecute and convict child predators.
- Source: The Targeting Child Predators Act (H.R. 883)
- By reauthorizing programs that help prevent child abuse by ensuring the public has access to information on known sex offenders who may live in their neighborhood.
- Source: The Adam Walsh Reauthorization Act (H.R. 1188)
- By enhancing penalties for sex offenders who fail to register in the national sex offender registry when they have a prior state conviction for a violent crime.
- Source: The Strengthening Children’s Safety Act (H.R. 1842)
- By combating global sex tourism by closing loopholes that allow child predators to go unpunished for their abuse of children overseas.
- Source: The Global Child Protection Act (H.R. 1862)
- By providing training to prosecutors on investigating and processing cases with a trauma informed and victim-centered approach, and encouraging states to provide appropriate services to victims of trafficking.
- Source: The Put Trafficking Victims First Act (H.R. 2473)
- By protecting child pornography victims by addressing a loophole in the law through adding additional bases of liability to the crime of child pornography production.
- Source: The Protecting Against Child Exploitation Act (H.R. 1761)
- By preventing the sexual abuse of minors and amateur athletes by requiring the prompt reporting of sexual abuse to law enforcement authorities among other things.
- Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017 (S. 534)
All of these actions, all of these bills, are about going after sex offenders and combating child pornography. Children are some of the most vulnerable and innocent among us and they deserve the highest protection of the law.
Together, we can and must fight child abuse and exploitation.
If you want to see how else Congress has been working for the safety and security of the American people, visit www.DidYouKnow.gov
To find out more about the specific legislation mentioned in this article, please visit www.congress.gov