The Washington Post
April 12, 2017
By Mary Leary
In late March, the Senate Judiciary Committee convened a public hearing to express its outrage at the sexual abuse of female athletes in the American gymnastics program. The senators’ comments painted a picture of a vast bipartisan effort to protect our children from sexual assault and exploitation. During the hearing on the “Protecting Young Victims of Sexual Abuse Act,” senators warned the Olympic Committee that they would take action, described sexual abuse as “a parent’s worst nightmare” and declared that “protecting children from abusers has been a top priority” of Capitol Hill.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
When one examines more broadly what Congress could — but has thus far failed — to do with current legislation to protect even more children from sexual abuse, one sees a very different picture. During the March hearing, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) stated that they were there to build on a bipartisan commitment and to “learn what more can be done to keep our nation’s children and young athletes safe from sexual predators.” One thing they could learn to do is answer the call that 47 state attorneys general made four years ago and amend the law that not only permits Internet and tech companies like Backpage.com to profit from the sale of children online but actually gives them immunity in doing so.
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Professor Mary G. Leary's
Areas of Expertise
Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, and Technology
Exploitation of children and women
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