TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A sexual abuse survivor is pushing to broaden responsibilities for reporting child abuse and punish universities if officials don't report abuse on campus.
Lauren Book has helped pass at least a dozen laws to help victims, prevent abuse and punish abusers. She announced Monday details of two new bills (HB 1355 and SB 1816) filed in Florida's Legislature.
If they pass, anyone who suspects child abuse by anyone would have to report it. The law currently only mandates reporting if the suspected abuser is a parent, guardian or responsible for the child's welfare.
They would also fine universities $1 million and strip them of state funding for two years if officials don't report child abuse. That's a response to sexual abuse cases at Penn State, Syracuse University and The Citadel.
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