STATE REP. GREG LAVELLE HAS THE PLAN TO HELP PREVENT CHILD MOLESTATION

We all know that both STATE SENATOR KAREN PETERSON AND STATE REPRESENTATIVE GREG LAVELLE have done excellent workdealing with the child sex abuse issue, forcing all segments of  our Delaware community to face responsibility regarding the child sex abuse laws.  They should be congratulated.  Now it’s time to go the next step; making state government also accept responsibility.  HB 29 does that; but it’s lingering in the Senate.

I’ve been spouting off about the need to devise legislation to actually help  PREVENT CHILD SEX ABUSE as much as possible.  I thought that it could be accomplished by having employers, supervisors and all types of people in authority, mandated to include credible allegations against employees in their personnel files, which would bepassed along to furture employers.  The case of Racel Holt who raped a child 27 times is a case in point.  Since she was told by her former school principal to stop being  “too friendly” with little boys , and reportedly was told not to take children to her home.  Those incidents were passed on the Claymont Elementary, where she went to teach and rapped a child 27 times.   I presumed that type law I promosted would have prevented that crime.  I was incorrect, after speaking with Karen Peterson.

Karen Peterson talked me out of my overly simplistic approach.  She remined me that the words “credible allegations” would be a  problem. Also, right of confidentiality without actual proof would be another obstacle.  In short, my suggestion, though well intentioned, was no worable.

I recently had a conversation with State Rep. Greg Lavelle, and frankly the best legislation to prevent child sex abuse already exists.  It’s Lavelle’s House Bill 29.  That bill calls for the State, as well as all other entities like the Diocese of Wilmington, for example would also be liable to lawsuits and every other aspect of the child sex abuse law. 

IF THE STATE IS INCLUDED IN HAVING TO ANSWER FOR PROVEN CASES OF CHILD SEX ABUSE, AND OPEN TO LAWSUITS, ETC., IT’S CERTAIN THAT THEY WOULD CREATE AND ENFORCE PREVENTION POLICIES AND REGULATIONS; BECAUSE THEY WOULD HAVE A GREATER STAKE IN THE ISSUE….SELF PROTECTION.

FOR YEARS WE HAVE BEEN SAYING THAT THE STATE  LEGISLATURE  SHOULD ACCEPT BEING A  “PUBLIC BODY”, RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL RULES REQUIRED OF PUBLIC BODIES THEN  WHY SHOULD WE EXCLUDE THE STATE FROM HAVING TO  BE RESPONSIBLE FOR CHILD SEX ABUSE PREVENTION?  If child sex abuse laws pertain to all other groups in Delaware, then the State should also be responsible and liable in sex abuse issues.  If that was to be done, then school superintendents would be certain to initiate a sex sex abuse prevention program. 

How about a mandated satewide school policy that requires every school system employee who has reason to be dealing with students after school hours or on weekends,  MUST NOTIFY THE PRINCIPAL AND GET PERMISSION FOR THE ACTIVITY AND GIVE THE REASONS FOR THE ACTIVITY.  Of course, some activities like coaching, etc, would get a blanket permission at the beginning of the school year.  If dedicated teachers want to provide special tutoring help for students, and/or take students to some activity, after school, and even on weekends, that is fine…..BUT SPECIAL PERMISSION MUST BE REQUESTED, EXPLAINED AND GRANTED BY THE  PRINCIPAL,  OR BY A SCHOOL OFFICIAL APPOINTED BY THE PRINCIPAL.

Why would this be a preventive measure?  People who are experts in this field, and who know the techniques, and the MO  of child sex offenders, tell us that stealth, and secrecy are important to their sex abuse activities.  If there were a mandatory policy in place that any violation of the permission requirement would mean automatic dismissal for  the school employee involved; the vast majority of child abusers would be scared off.  Such incidents would be greatedly reduced, and perhaps eradicated.  The policy would be presented in writing t  all employees, and by in-house training for all employees.   The policy would be explained to all students and to all parents in the form of a written guide booklet.  This would work.

GREG LAVELLE’S BILL, HB 29 IS PRESENTLY RESIDING IN THAT HUGE DESK DRAW OF THURMAN ADAMS, WHO ELSE.    It passed the house, and IT WILL ONLY PASS THE SENATE IF YOU, YOU THE PEOPLE WHO VOTE, YOU THE PEOPLE WHO ARE INTERESTED IN PREVENTING CHILD SEX ABUSE, FORCE IT OUT OF THAT DESK DRAW BY DEMANDING THAT YOUR SENATORS DEAL WITH THIS ISSUE. Peterson and Lavelle have done a great job with making every other segment of society deal with the child sex abuse problem; NOW HELP THEM FINISH THE JOB BY ALSO MAKING THE STATE JUST AS RESPONSIBLE AS THE REST OF US…….REMEMBER, IT”S NOT GOING TO  HAPPEN, UNLESS YOU MAKE THAT CONTACT WITH YOUR STATE SENATOR, AND DEMAND IT.

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5 Responses to “STATE REP. GREG LAVELLE HAS THE PLAN TO HELP PREVENT CHILD MOLESTATION”

  1. liz allen Says:

    I will bet you $100. that the Peterson, Lavelle bill will not include the rapes, sodomy, abuse and neglect that occurs in the States foster care, disabled community and everywhere else vulnerable citizens of Delaware live. They would never expose the State to accountablity for the people who reside in their facilities.

    In fact, the State under Beau Biden has not changed the law established by Jane Brady to forbid any cases from those state run facilities and the evidence that would bring lawsuits from parents/legal guardians forward. If Beau wants to really go after the predators, why doesnt he change the position of the AG’s office (Ann Wolfolk) his deputy director, and permit the evidence to go to the parents for civil suits….no, no no, lets keep that a secret for a few more decades…right.

  2. anon Says:

    If Biden is serious about child abuse…why is he allowing child porn sites to remain on line…to entrap? There is a case right now where entrapment is being questioned. But you can bet it wont stop anywhere from re-reviewing the legislation, even though Peterson has been told of the flaw.

  3. Gerry Fulcher Says:

    Anon: you couldn’t be more right. I never thought about the contractor angle. That is key. I met with Karen and Greg, and they are both really interested in doing it correctly……why the hell doesn’t this system of ours allow insightful people like yourself have direct input to legislation what well-intentioned legislators to take advantage of people like you?

    Why don’t the legislators actually conduct meaningful meetings by inviting voters and residents with proven expertise into their circle of thinking to contribute in the way that you just did.

    I AM GOING TO RUN THAT BYE LEGISLATORS WHO WANT TO INTRODUCE A PROCESS LIKE THAT BEFORE THEY ATTEMPT TO SOLVE PROBLEMS ON THEIR OWN, ONLY TO DISCOVER THAT PEOPLE LIKE YOU HAVE BETTER IDEAS…..THANKS FOR OPENING MY EYES ON THAT MATTER.

  4. liz allen Says:

    and here is something else I am SURE they overlooked. Age meaning a child under the age of (18)??? or consent. here is the BIG question. How about a disabled person who could be chronologically 34, or 41, or whatever, but who has the mental capacity of a 2 yr. old, or an 8 yr. old or a 13year old.

    age is not the only critieria, and just because a person is over 18 or over 2l, means nothing if that person has the mental age of 6, or 8?

    that is the problem in these group homes? these people over the age of 21 are considered adults, yet molestors (staff) and others, prey on them because they cannot speak, or the staff doing the abusing arent going to tell “on themselves”.

    I have made it public: my son who is classic autistic was raped at 7, and 14? He was raped again at 25, and God knows how many times I dont know about. His mental age is around 6 years old. He can not speak, he cannot identify by pointing to a person (s) who did it.

    Staff who beat the hell out of him (the doctors at christiana hospital) said, it looked “like they used a cat of nine tails on him”, but the staff in the home refused to talk, refused to take a lie detector test…they covered it up. Since the AG’s office (Ann Wolfolk) the STATES great protector….refused to let me see the evidence , and even the New Castle County cop found out ( he told me he believed I had a right to know as the mother) , but after speaking with the AG’s office refuse to answer m calls.

    The fact that I have “legal guardianship” from the court of Chancery (and therefore have more RIghts) than a regular parent, (because the court made me guardian to act instead of my son who has been adjudicated incompetent.

    So what did the State do…covered it all up! Refuse to give me ANY information, hid the Incident Reports. I found out that an Incident Report had been filed ( I got the first two copies) however the third copy retained by the State (who sanctions this abuse) refused to provide me with the 3rd copy, which had the culprits name on it.

    We parents who have walked the walk have many ideas on this, but the legislators think ‘THEY NO MORE THAN US”, OF COURSE THEY NO NOTHING.

    In fact, they don’t know that the Protection and Advocacy (a federally mandated group) are supposed to be monitoring to assure rape, abuse and neglect is not occuring…try to find one of them.

    The Disability Law Project, another group whose job it is to oversee, monitor and report (at DPC, group homes, nursing homes, detention centers, juvenile centers, foster homes etc, etc) are forever missing in action….are these people just taking their paychecks? The answer is a HUGE YES!!!!!!!!

    Remember that I asked Peterson on the air, to please add to the bill “and those in group homes who are chronilogically considered adults, but in reality are mentally incompentent, and whose mental IQ is less than the age of consent — She didnt want to “mix it up”, right!

    And this legislation doesnt address any of these problems. Why do these legislators think they have all the answers…what is their proof of their position. Unless you walk the walk, you cant talk the talk.

    I not only walk the walk, but have more information than probably any parent in this State, and am not afraid to speak out. There are other parents who know the truth, but the state and its agencies have BOUGHT
    THEM OFF, WITH PLUM JOBS….SO THEY KEEP THEIR MOUTHS SHUT, WHILE THEIR CHILDREN ARE WATCHED, MONITORED, AND THEY HAVE NO NEED TO WORRY.

    People want to know why I get angry…my God, if any parent had been through what I have with my own son, and with the knowledge of all these parents who have no voice…and relay their problems to me…cuz they think I can do something about it, makes me feel terrible, that we know it goes on, and the legislators will NOT ENGAGE is unacceptable, inhumane and immoral.

    !

  5. liz allen Says:

    and lets be clear….there can be no STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS….WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE!

    if that were the case, none of these priests could have received prison terms for crimes they committed 30 or 40 years ago….so why do these legislators “put a statutue of limitation” on child abuse in Delaware….BECAUSE THEY ARE PROTECTING THE STATE FROM LIABILITY FOR YEARS DOWN THE ROAD. WHO ARE THEY PROTECTING BY THESE RIDICULOUS LAWS….CERTAINLY NOT THE CHILDREN,….DEFINATELY THE STATE AND ITS AGENCIES.

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