WASHINGTON, DC (KAMR/KCIT) — Today, Senator John Cornyn and a bipartisan group of senators passed legislation to improve the treatment of the FBI’s child victims and witnesses, according to a news release from Cornyn’s office. introduced.
Inspired by Larry Nassar’s research, the Respect for Child Survivors Act is today launched by Cornyn (Republican-Texas), Chris Koons (Democrat-Germany), Lindsey Graham (Republican-South Carolina), Amy Klobuchar (Democrat- Minnesota) was introduced by said the news release.
During a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing reviewing the Inspector General’s report on the FBI’s handling of the Larry Nassar investigation, the victims testified about their treatment by the FBI officials who interviewed her, according to a news release. did.
The law, which was developed with input from child welfare groups, requires trauma experts to participate in interviews with victims who report child abuse or trafficking, according to a news release. The FBI is looking to improve how it handles child victims and witnesses. FBI.
“For young victims of sexual assault to tell their stories and overcome their fear that they might not be taken seriously, ignored, or unfairly accused, it would be overwhelming. “It takes courage like no other,” Cornin said. It is imperative that we provide these individuals with the support they need to ensure that they are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
The law requires victims to be interviewed by experts and to report child sexual abuse cases, child sexual abuse serious cases, and child trafficking, including situations where the interviewed victim is no longer a child. It says the FBI should use a multidisciplinary team when investigating the case.
The law has received support from the Rape Abuse and Incest National Network, the National Association of District Attorneys, the Army of Survivors, and the National Children’s Alliance, according to a news release.