Jan 152015
 

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.

Pending Legislation:

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

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Jan 152015
 

Identity fraud is defined as the unauthorized use of another person’s personal information for illicit financial gain. Identity theft is our country’s fastest growing crime, increasing 13% in 2011 alone. In order to assume another person’s identity, criminals need only a name, employer, mother’s maiden name, social security number or credit card number. This information is sometimes obtained from merchants, discarded personal papers or by phony telemarketers. Increasingly, it is the vast amount of personal information people place on social networking websites that is frequently used to authenticate a consumers’ identity. Security advocates say these networks are a great resource for fraudsters. Surveys have also shown that smartphone users have a one-third higher chance of their identities being stolen than those who don’t uses these phones. This is because most people don’t use passwords on their home screen and some also store their login information on their devices. This information is then available to anyone who steals a phone or finds a lost one. The good news is that out of 12 million identity theft victims, 80% endured no out-of pocket expenses due to the zero-liability policies of most financial institutions. However, the IRS has failed to provide fast help for victims of identity thieves who steal tax refund checks. Victims complain that they need to talk to multiple departments and have to wait more than six months to have their refund checks reissued.

Pending Legislation:

H.R.531 – Tax Crimes and Identity Theft Prevention Act

I oppose reforming current identity theft policy and wish to defeat H.R.531

I support requiring the Treasury Department to take necessary action to correct a tax return or tax information affected by the misuse of a taxpayer’s identity within 90 days after receiving notice of such misuse from the taxpayer, and wish to pass H.R.531

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Jan 152015
 

There are about 40,000 juvenile members in our nation’s gangs today. The number of violent crimes committed by persons under the age of 18 is about the same as it was in 2002. Statistics and self-reporting by crime victims and offenders indicate the amount of non-lethal assault, rape, and abuse is also about the same. Advocates say our efforts to reduce the number of these crimes have not been successful. In the past, efforts to decrease juvenile crime activity have centered on harsher jail sentences and prosecuting minors as adults. Critics claim that, rather than reducing crime, this policy has backfired and created more career criminals. Social workers provide front line prevention and treatment services in the areas of school violence, aging, teen pregnancy, child abuse, domestic violence, juvenile crime and substance abuse. They can provide valuable information on these complex problems taking into account a wide range of social, medical, economic and community influences. Advocates say this information is needed to make informed funding decisions regarding how to best solve our juvenile crime problem.

Pending Legislations:

S.1307 & H.R.1318 – Youth Prison Reduction through Opportunities, Mentoring, Intervention, Support, and Education Act

I oppose reforming current juvenile crime policy and wish to defeat H.R.1318

I support authorizing the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention to award grants to local governments and Indian tribes to plan and assess evidence-based and promising practices for juvenile delinquency and criminal street gang activity prevention and intervention, especially for at-risk youth; and implementing plans for coordinating and supporting the delivery of juvenile delinquency and gang prevention and intervention programs in local communities, and wish to pass S.1307 & H.R.1318

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