CA AB 989: Bill to combat Institutionalized Child Abuse in Public Education

AB 989  was announced today. As a survivor and now activist-  this bill is a "boots on the ground" oversight program to act as first responders, case managers and provide procedural guidance to victims and their families of Educator Sexual Misconduct and prevent child endangerment by the common practice of cover-up. 

We will be going to committee in Sacramento within the next month but if anyone is interested in further information or curious about supporting the legisation- please contact me via email at theloxie@me.com

 

Lorena Gonzalez Bill Would Prevent Cover-Ups of Serial Abuse at Schools

 
Thursday, February 21, 2019

AB 989 Would Create Independent Overseers at Public Schools to Help Students, Parents Report Sexual Misconduct, Child Abuse

SACRAMENTO -- (Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019) -- California Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D - San Diego) is taking action to protect students from abuse by creating an independent entity at the district level for public school students or employees to contact and report abusive behavior. 

Assembly Bill 989 was inspired by the advocacy of Loxie Gant, a former student at La Jolla High School who was sexually abused by a teacher while she was his student but her complaints went largely ignored by officials until she shared her story for an investigation by Voice of San Diego. The investigation found San Diego Unified School District had kept no records of abuse reported by students to the school administration at the time.

“Students are not being listened to and they don’t feel like they’re being believed — that is the common thread in these stories,”Assemblywoman Gonzalez said. “This independent overseer will be a check at the school administration level, where there seems to be a problem.”

All teacher misconduct cases currently must be handled at the lowest level of the administration, keeping investigations into misconduct from going further than the school administration, preventing actual consequences and leaving serial abusers free to continue harming students.

AB 989 would establish in each County Office of Education or School District a new position for providing guidance and compliance with the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act. Local officials would also be required to create a centralized toll-free number and website for individuals to submit complaints to that public school ombudsperson.

For more information on AB 989  or to schedule an interview with Assemblywoman Gonzalez, contact Sami Gallegos (209) 658-7617.

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Hello, I am a new member here and this is my first reply. I am a social worker and work for Children Health & Education. My prime focus is on Child neglect and sexual abuse. Child sexual abuse cases in Pakistan have increased from nine cases per day in 2017 to 12 cases per day in the first six months of 2018.

The report quoting newspaper articles stated that the major crime categories of the reported cases from the first half of 2018 are abduction (542), sodomy (381), rape (360), missing children (236), attempt of rape (224), gang sodomy (167), attempt of sodomy (112), gang rape (92) and 53 cases of child marriages.

I think the media can play a positive role in highlighting crimes, while also considering the sensitivity and privacy attached to the victim and their families.

Please help me in providing more information as how to spread the awareness in society, specially in schools.

I look forward to have response from ACE members.    

 

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