Illinois aims to head off sex abuse scandals like at Penn State


June 27, 2012

CHICAGO (Reuters) – The state of Illinois on Wednesday added sports coaches and university employees to the list of people required to report suspected child sexual abuse, a move aimed at stopping cases like the one that involved convicted former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

“Young people place their trust in coaches and university officials, and it is their responsibility to report any suspected abuse,” Governor Pat Quinn, a Democrat, said in a statement announcing that he signed legislation passed unanimously by the state’s General Assembly.

All U.S. states have laws mandating who is required to report child abuse or maltreatment.

In Illinois, the list already included social workers, teachers and other school employees, doctors and healthcare workers, members of the clergy, police, mental health professionals, child care providers, foster parents, funeral home directors and commercial film processors.

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