Do the Crime & Pay the Time
In the past 2 years, there have been 22 bills about child abuse and neglect, that have been through the Judiciary house, and the senate. Most of the bills that pass through the senate are subject to judiciary review. And most of the bills have to do with the abused child being taken away from the abuser and being put in some sort of foster care. Many laws about child abuse vary with each state, so the punishment varies as well. Some of the laws simply take a child away, and either fine the abuser a certain sum of money, or jail time can vary from 1 year up depending on the severity of the abuse.
HB 50 Status as of March 2, 2009: Bill is in the House - Unfavorable Judiciary Crimes - Child Endangerment House: Judiciary "
- Sexual abuse is the most targeted in both the senate and judiciary houses. Many people in both house actually favor the capital punishment of death penalty for child molesters/sexual abusers. Many states have adopted the death penalty for child molesters with certain age limits. Personally, I don't favor the death penalty, but if they're going to have it, they shouldn't limit it to certain ages-it should be every child no matter the age. At any age, a child is being affected, maybe even more at an older age.
"Last year, South Carolina adopted the death penalty for the second offense of raping a child under age 11. Oklahoma followed, passing Jessica's Law with a death penalty provision for raping a child under age 14. Texas already had some of the toughest child predator laws on the books with its two-strikes rule that sends child predators to jail for life."
There are some exceptions with the law on child abuse. Religious guidelines for a family may be respected by each state, in terms of medical response. If it is against a certain family's religion to go seek medical aid for something, or not go to doctors in general, etc. then the family has that legal right, and it's not considered a matter of child abuse and/or neglect. This exception varies with each state. States such as Hawaii, and Maryland constitute no exemptions.
|Hawaii||Statute prohibits acts or omissions resulting in the child being harmed or subject to any reasonably foreseeable, substantial risk of being harmed with physical abuse, neglect, sexual abuse, sexual exploitation, or emotional/mental injury. Statute contains no exemptions.|
|Idaho||Statute prohibits conduct or omission resulting in physical abuse, neglect, sexual abuse, sexual exploitation, abandonment, or emotional/mental injury. Statute contains exemption for religion.|
Each states legal punishments for the matter of child abuse and neglect vary. It's a constant issue all over the world, and statistics for the crime get higher every day.