Reports show that about 75% of all sexually abused children are abused by someone they know. Authorities also know the majority of these incidents are never reported. Most of these unreported incidents are cases of incest. More than one-fifth of all sexual assault victims are under the age of 12 and one of every ten victims is under the age of 5. Although there has been a 50% reduction of child sexual assault crimes since 1990, there are still more than 700,000 registered sex offenders in the United States. Victims of childhood sexual abuse often suffer the effects of these crimes well into their adult lives. Advocates say treatment for this disorder has not been promising, so prevention efforts must focus on tracking and apprehending known offenders.
H.R.1311 – Kilah Davenport Child Protection Act of 2013
I oppose reforming current child sexual abuse policy and wish to defeat H.R.1311
I support withholding state grants for specified child abuse or neglect prevention and treatment programs until the state’s laws provide for a criminal punishment, including a prison term of at least 3,800 days for any individual who is a parent or any other individual providing care to or supervision of a child under age 16 and intentionally inflicts on that child any serious bodily injury, or commits an assault upon that child which results in any serious bodily injury or permanent or protracted loss or impairment of any of the child’s mental or emotional function, and wish to pass H.R.1311