New State and Federal Laws Needed to Force Early Disclosure of Sex Abuse Investigation of Minors
Given the stunning New York Times article revealing that it took the FBI over a year to investigate Nassar and during this time, many athletes under 18 were molested, we must have nationwide state and federal legislation addressing the following.
First, if any school, day care centers University or government endorsed agencies (such as US Gymnastics) that work with or house kids under 18 must be required by new criminal and civil laws to notify parents within 48 hours of learning of an employee being investigated for child sexual abuse. U.S.A. Gymnastics knew many months before Nassar was arrested that he was being investigated by the FBI for sexual molestation. Rather than let parents of kids exposed to Nassar know of the pending investigation, USA Gymnastics administrators implored parents not to say anything. This should be criminal behavior under new laws! This amounts to aiding and abetting a child molester. Whoever failed to tell parents (under new laws) should also be criminally prosecuted for aiding and abetting child sexual abuse. I am sure that Michigan State must have known of the impending investigation against Nassar. If school officials were aware of this and failed to notify parents of students/athletes treating with him of the ongoing investigation, under new laws, those administrators would be exposed to potential criminal prosecution as well. If new laws are not enacted (with criminal consequences), this culture of secrecy within institutions will persist and child sexual abuse will continue unabated.
Second, parents of these minor children are also “robbed” of an opportunity to safeguard their kids from the employee being investigated for sexual assault. Under the new laws, parents would be notified within 48 hours of the investigation to allow them the chance to protect their kids by insulating them from exposure to the alleged molester during the investigation. There should also be new “civil” laws that allow parents to sue as well for negligence for money damages when an institution fails to tell them of a sexual assault investigation and their kids are molested during the investigation. There is case law in CA that allows “parents” to also sue a school or institution in civil court if they aren’t notified of an ongoing investigation of a teacher for sexual assault and their child is molested during the investigation. We asserted claims on behalf of parents in the Miramonte child sexual abuse case (largest child abuse case US history).