Lawmakers seem to be getting more serious about the fight against sex crimes.
Senator Orrin G. Hatch, R. Utah is fostering a bill that targets sex trafficking in the foster care system. Hatch noted that he was inspired to draft legislation after hearing the testimony of a victim at a recent Senate hearing in which it was revealed that 60 percent of child sex-trafficking victims came from the foster care system.
Additionally the fight against sexual crimes seems to be viewed as a winnable battle. Recently Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D. NY asked the White House to direct the Education Department to streamline the handling of sexual assault complaints in the military and to require all colleges to conduct standardized anonymous surveys on campus assaults.
There is a mounting tide of outrage at the sexual abuse and exploitation of girls and women and resolve to take action to stem this tide.
Richard Lazere, on behalf of East Portland Rotary