Ore. bill would require coaches to report abuse
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon lawmakers are considering a bill that would require university coaches and employees or volunteers of youth organizations to report child abuse to authorities.
The legislation comes in the wake of a child sex-abuse scandal at Penn State University, where coaches and administrators faced accusations that they didn't do enough to tell authorities about alleged abuse by retired assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.
Democratic Rep. Sara Gelser of Corvallis says the Penn State scandal highlighted the lack of reporting requirements for employees in the higher education system. She says the legislation also arose from allegations of abuse of young boys by Boy Scouts leaders.
Gelser and other proponents say the bill would help prevent child abuse. Opponents say it is too broad and might expand liability for schools and youth organizations.