Child Sexual Abuse Laws Pass South Dakota Committee

Pierre, SD (ABC9 News) - A movement to better protect child victims of sexual abuse is keeping its momentum in
South Dakota.

"Jolene's Law" passed unanimously out of committee Wednesday. The law created a task force last year to study the affects of sexual abuse of children in the state so the group could make recommendations to the legislature.

The bill's namesake, Jolene Loetscher, is a Siouxland native and a survivor of child sexual abuse.

If Jolene's Law passes, it will continue the work the task force has started.

A second bill that also passed committee would modify mandatory reporting of child sexual abuse to make the person who initially hears a disclosure to be available to law enforcement and investigators.

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