Committee approves Theis bills to protect minors who are victims of sex

first_img27Feb Committee approves Theis bills to protect minors who are victims of sex crimes Categories: News,Theis News Legislation inspired by Livingston County case to safeguard students at schoolThe House Law and Justice Committee today approved legislation by state Rep. Lana Theis to help local school districts better protect their students who are underage victims of sexual-based crimes from the perpetrators of the crime.The three-bill package was prompted by a recent Livingston County case where a 16-year-old was convicted of criminal sexual conduct against multiple victims as young as 12. Two of the underage victims joined Theis for testimony before the committee on Feb. 20.“These bills are needed to ensure we better protect victims of criminal sexual conduct. No survivor should ever have to move schools to avoid riding the bus or attending school with their assailant,” said Theis, a member of the committee. “We had two young victims before this committee to tell us how they faced the possibility of being in the same school, classroom and even bus route with their manipulative predator. That should not even be a consideration.”Theis’ bills requires schools to permanently expel students who are convicted of criminal sexual conduct against another pupil enrolled in the same school district. Once the offender has been expelled under current law, they would be prohibited from attending another public school in Michigan, unless they go through a reinstatement process. A bill sponsored by state Rep. Sylvia Santana, of Detroit, requires that if a personal protection order (PPO) is ordered for the victim of sexual assaults, the offender would be prohibited from entering the victim’s school.An amendment approved by the committee today expands the protections to include transportation to and from school, such as on school buses, and allow anyone who have been expelled to attend a cyber-school.Currently, a school is only required to expel a student who commits criminal sexual conduct in a school building or on school grounds.“The determination and strength shown by the young victims and their families from Brighton is inspiring,” said Theis, of Brighton. “We have to work together to ensure we are protecting all our students, especially when they are at school.”House Bills 5530, 5531 and 5532 advance to the House for its consideration.#####last_img

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