October 24, 2008

Crapo To Speak On Efforts Against Child AbuseAt Idaho Conference

New federal legislation targets online child exploitation

Boise - Children and families now have increased protection against the rising number of child exploitation cases under two new federal laws taking effect this month, which is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a longtime Senate leader in the efforts to eliminate violence against women and children, will discuss the legislation Tuesday during the Idaho Summit on Children Exposed to Domestic Violence. The statewide conference is being organized by the Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence and the Idaho Partners Against Domestic Violence and is being held at the Center on the Grove in Downtown Boise on October 28th.

The Combating Child Exploitation Act, S. 1738, and the Keeping the Internet Devoid of Sexual Predators (KIDS) Act of 2008, S. 431 were signed into law this month. Crapo was a co-sponsor of both bills. Legislation contained in S. 1738 drew notice during an appearance of Ed and Elizabeth Smart on the Oprah Winfrey television program.

Crapo will join other speakers at the Summit, which seeks to share information about abuse prevention among health care providers, counselors, advocates, attorneys, law enforcement, social workers and the Idaho Judiciary. He partnered with Ada County, Boise City, the Idaho Coalition and others to make the FACES Center a reality in Boise. FACES assists victims of domestic violence with a one-stop location to receive treatment after a crime is committed.

Crapo's remarks on legislation targeting child exploitation are planned:
Tuesday, October 28
11:30 a.m.
Boise Centre on the Grove
9th and Myrtle
Downtown Boise