LEGISLATIVE BREAKFAST Child Abuse Prevention Group Pushing For Changes To Law
Reported by: Atish Baidya
Web Producer: Atish Baidya
Reported: Jan. 10, 2012 10:11 AM EST
Updated: Jan. 10, 2012 10:16 AM EST
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, Kanawha County
, West Virginia
Child abuse prevention groups are pushing the State Legislature to expand funding for prevention programs and beef up child abuse laws in the wake of the Penn State scandal.
Prevent Child Abuse West Virginia urged lawmakers to consider those changes during its legislative breakfast this morning in Charleston.
The group is proposing expanding the people required to report suspected abuse and neglect to include any employees or volunteers for a group that provides organized activities for children and commercial film or photographic print processors.
Prevent West Virginia's State Coordinator Jim McKay said prevention is key ending the problem of child abuse.
"It is definitely more important to be proactive, to invest in prevention to keep that child safe in the first place," he said. "It is far more expensive and less effective to consider criminal penalties and issues after abuse has already occurred."