SB-1112, As Passed Senate, December 14, 2012























     A bill to amend 1975 PA 238, entitled


"Child protection law,"


(MCL 722.621 to 722.638) by adding section 12b.




     Sec. 12b. (1) The task force on the prevention of sexual abuse


of children is created within the department.


     (2) The governor shall appoint members to the task force in


consultation with the department. The appointment of members must


reflect the geographic diversity of this state. Members of the task


force must include the following:


     (a) Individuals who have experience and expertise in the


fields of intervention and prevention of child abuse and neglect,


education, or child welfare.


     (b) A representative from the Michigan coalition to end


domestic and sexual violence.


     (c) A representative from the Michigan domestic and sexual


violence prevention and treatment board.


     (d) A representative from the Michigan chapter of the national


children's alliance.


     (e) An administrator or staff member of a child assessment




     (f) A licensed therapist trained to counsel or treat child


sexual abuse victims.


     (g) A circuit court judge or his or her designee.


     (h) A school district board member, intermediate school


district board member, or public school academy board member.


     (3) The department director or his or her designee shall serve


as the task force's presiding officer. The task force shall meet at


the call of the presiding officer. The task force shall make


recommendations for reducing child sexual abuse in this state. The


task force shall also make recommendations for school policies that


address the sexual abuse of children. In making those


recommendations, the task force shall do all of the following:


     (a) Gather information concerning child sexual abuse


throughout this state.


     (b) Receive reports and testimony from individuals, state and


local agencies, community-based organizations, and other public and


private organizations.


     (c) Review steps taken and programs established in other


states to reduce child sexual abuse.


     (d) Create goals for state policy that are aimed at preventing


child sexual abuse.


     (e) Create recommendations and guidelines for school policies


addressing sexual abuse of children according to section 1505 of


the revised school code, 1976 PA 451, MCL 380.1505. These


recommendations and guidelines shall be flexible enough to allow


accommodation for local autonomy and values.


     (f) Create recommendations and guidelines for age-appropriate,


evidence-based child sexual abuse awareness.


     (g) Create recommendations and guidelines for school personnel


to respond appropriately to pupils affected by sexual abuse.


     (h) Create recommendations and guidelines for providing


educational material to parents and guardians on the warning signs


of child sexual abuse and information on assistance and referrals


or resources.


     (i) Develop a child sexual abuse protocol to be utilized by


all community partners in order to help to identify, prevent, and


investigate child sexual abuse.


     (j) Submit a final report with the task force's


recommendations to the governor and the legislature not later than


365 days after the members of the task force are appointed.


     (4) The recommendations described under subsection (3) may


include proposals for specific statutory changes and methods to


foster cooperation among state agencies and between the state and


local government.


     (5) The task force shall consult with the employees of the


department who work on child protection matters, the department of


state police, the state board of education, and any other state


agency or department necessary to accomplish the task force's


responsibilities under this section.


     (6) The members of the task force shall serve without


compensation and shall not be reimbursed for their expenses.


     (7) The task force shall be abolished upon submission of the


final report required in subsection (3) to the governor and the




     (8) Upon written request from a child or the child's parent or


legal guardian, that child shall be excused, without penalty, from


participating in the task force's information-gathering efforts.


     (9) As used in this section, "task force" means the task force


on the prevention of sexual abuse of children created in subsection




     Enacting section 1. This amendatory act does not take effect


unless Senate Bill No. 1113 of the 96th Legislature is enacted into