Lauren Book says Penn State case highlights need for stronger child abuse reporting laws, stiffer penalties

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Child sexual abuse survivor Lauren Book said the Penn State case and other new revelations of alleged abuse highlight the need to strengthen the law to require child abuse reporting and increase the penalties for failing to report.

Book said she will advocate for changes to federal and state laws to clarify that all persons are required to report suspected child abuse, to increase the penalties for failing to report, and to end the statute of limitations relating to prosecution of sexual abuse of children younger than 16, a change she helped to pass in Florida in 2010.

In a new revelation of alleged sexual abuse by an assistant basketball coach at Syracuse University, police previously declined to take action because the statute of limitations had expired, according to news reports.

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