Bill Aims to Reduce Sexual Abuse of Minors

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Mississippi lawmakers have passed the final version of a bill that aims to help authorities find and
prosecute adults who sexually abuse minors.

House Bill 16 is headed to Gov. Phil Bryant, who says he intends to sign it.

It would require health professionals, clergy, educators, child care providers, law enforcement officers and commercial photo processors to tell authorities about any suspected sexual abuse of

It also would require anyone performing an abortion on a girl younger than 14 to preserve a sample of fetal tissue for a DNA test, which would determine if an adult impregnated the girl so prosecutors
could file statutory rape charges.

Lawmakers removed an earlier proposal to allow lawsuits against anyone helping a minor get an abortion by violating Mississippi's parental consent law.

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  • by disgusted on May 2, 2012 at 04:00 PM
    they should have done this a long time ago. Louisana also needs to do this. I know someone that has to register for the rest of his life because his step-sister and step-mom decided to come up with the story that he did inapporarite things to the step-sister just because they didn't like him. All they had to have was their word. No evidence, no medical exam, nothing. Not everyone that is accused and had to register did the crime, yet the pay for it, is far worse than just having to register.
  • by Dee Dee on May 2, 2012 at 01:45 PM
    Now they need to work on extending the punishment for the ones who sexually abuse minors, or anyone for that matter. Having to register as a registered sex offender isnt good enough they should at least have to wear a ankle braclet that allows you to track them down at any time and record their every move etc. if they are not going to put them behind bars.
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