Rep Griffin votes to protect underage victims of sex crimes

first_img Categories: Griffin News,News 09Mar Rep. Griffin votes to protect underage victims of sex crimes House approves legislation to safeguard students on school propertyState Rep. Beth Griffin this week voted in support of legislation to help local school districts better protect students who are victims of sex crimes.The three-bill package requires schools to permanently expel students who are convicted of criminal sexual conduct against another pupil enrolled in the same school district; prohibit an expelled student from attending another public school in Michigan unless they go through a reinstatement process; and, if a personal protection order is ordered for the victim of sexual assault, the offender would be prohibited from entering the victim’s school.“We must protect students from the person who sexually assaulted them, especially on a school campus,” said Griffin, of Mattawan. “If a perpetrator and their victims were adults, the law has certain ways to severely limit contact and protect the victims. No teenager should ever have to change schools to avoid riding the bus or being in the same classroom with their assailant.”Currently, a school is only required to expel a student who commits a sex crime on school grounds. The legislation was prompted by a recent Livingston County case where a 16-year-old was convicted of criminal sexual conduct against multiple victims as young as 12.“Victims and the school community as a whole need to be aware of and separated from someone who would commit these kinds of acts,” Griffin said. “As a teacher, I understand that we must provide all students with an environment conducive to learning. We have to work together to ensure we are safeguarding all of our students.”House Bills 5530, 5531 and 5532 advance to the Senate for its consideration.#####last_img

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