AAP Issues Statement on Victims of Child Abuse Reauthorization Act

(U.S) – The American Academy of Pediatrics is issuing a statement following Senate passage of an act designed to protect children from abuse.

According to National Children’s Alliance, work began five years ago, as the NCA worked closely with CAC champions in Congress, as well as the Regional CACs, NCAC, and the DAs, to reauthorize the Victims of Child Abuse Act, to make current federal funding through 2018.  This week the act was passed by the Senate.

The following statement was issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) applauds the U.S. Senate for passing bipartisan legislation yesterday that makes important progress toward protecting children from abuse. As pediatricians, our number one priority is to keep children healthy and safe; the Victims of Child Abuse Reauthorization Act supports a pediatrician’s role in identifying and preventing harm to children.

“Pediatricians are mandatory reporters of child abuse, which means if they suspect a patient is experiencing abuse, it is their obligation to report it. Pediatricians can also play a vital part in assisting with investigations of suspected child abuse, including medical evaluations or consultations. The Victims of Child Abuse Reauthorization Act includes an important clarification that the same legal protections apply to those who report abuse as those who assist with investigations into cases of suspected child abuse, ensuring that pediatricians, educators, law enforcement, and others who are often on the frontlines of this issue can do everything in their power to keep children safe.

“The AAP thanks Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) for their leadership on the Victims of Child Abuse Reauthorization Act and is urging the U.S. House of Representatives to advance the bill without delay.”

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