Law Would Make Sexual Abuse Reporting Mandatory

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo plans to introduce legislation that would require college and high school coaches to report possible child sex abuse to police.

The governor’s office says college employees aren’t required to report it now, and while public school teachers are mandatory reporters, that doesn’t apply to coaches.

Cuomo said Wednesday that his proposal will address those gaps in order to better protect children who are on high school and college campuses.

He says parents need to be sure that their children are safe in programs and activities organized by and at colleges.

A former Penn State football coach has been charged with sexually abusing boys on campus and a former Syracuse University basketball coach is under federal investigation after three men accused him of molesting them as boys.

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  • Ron

    How about a bill that does away with statute of limitations on crimes against children? I think it’s ridiculous that these times of crimes have any type of limitations with time. It takes years for children to heal from this and yet if and when they finally do, they can’t do anything about it legally to the abuser!

  • Rodin

    Should have been in place long ago. SHAME!

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