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first_img Categories: LaSata News,News 05Dec Rep. LaSata plan to protect sexual assault victims approved by Senate The Michigan Senate on Tuesday unanimously approved a proposal from state Rep. Kim LaSata, of Bainbridge Township, expanding the capacity of the OK2SAY hotline to accept reports on sexual abuse, assault and rape.OK2SAY was originally established in 2014 as a method of reporting criminal activity at school in an anonymous, confidential fashion. The 24-hour system has since been expanded to include other crimes and received 10,734 reports as of December of last year.House Bill 5539 is part of a landmark, ongoing bipartisan legislative process to increase protections for Michigan’s children and young adults in the wake of the Larry Nassar sex abuse scandal. LaSata helped lead a legislative inquiry into Michigan State University’s handling of Nassar while exploring ways to adopt preventative measures for the future.“It is crucial that students are protected on college campuses and in the halls at school,” LaSata said. “This confidential reporting program has been an effective way to help look into potential crimes and it’s sensible to expand its capability to include other forms of dangerous and horrific acts done onto children. The confidential nature of the reporting also is of assistance to potential victims of sexual assault, who often feel like they have no one to reach out to regarding what is happening.”HB 5539 and five other Nassar-inspired bills move to the governor’s desk for review. Additional measures related to abuse were also signed into law in June.last_img

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