Iowa Sex Abuse Panel Backs More Detection Training

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

A task force working to reshape Iowa's child sexual abuse laws has decided against adding college officials to a list of those required to report such abuse.

The Iowa Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Task Force decided instead on Tuesday to increase detection training.

The task force was considering the expansion following the Penn State University child sex abuse scandal.

Task force members say deciding which college officials would be required to report suspected child abuse would have been complicated.

The task force prefers a recommendation that members of all groups that involve children or come in contact with them undergo voluntary detection training made available by Iowa.

The task force also will ask lawmakers to protect from employer
retaliation anyone who reports suspected sex abuse.

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