According to childhelp.org, each day between four and seven children tragically lose their lives to child abuse in the U.S., and a report of child abuse is made every 10 seconds. This includes instances of abuse, neglect, and child trafficking in every city across America.
Protecting Our Children
A variety of contending interest groups have finally come together to support legislation that will streamline discipline procedures for public school teachers and other permanent employees accused of sexual abuse and other serious crimes while still respecting due process.
The compromise was reached this week between the Assembly Education Committee, California Teachers Association and Ed Voice, an education advocacy group which is sponsoring an initiative campaign to enact changes in the current labyrinth-like process.
The Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People is a comprehensive set of procedures established by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in June 2002 for addressing allegations of sexual abuse of minors by Catholic clergy.