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H.R. 1973 (115th): Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse Act of 2017

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About the bill

Source: Republican Policy Committee

H.R. 1973 extends the mandatory reporting requirements of child abuse to national governing bodies, like USA gymnastics, to ensure that reports are immediately made to local or federal law enforcement authorities. The bill also allows civil suits by minors against sex abuse perpetrators to be brought by clarifying that once a victim has established a harm occurred, the court will presume $150,000 in monetary damages. The bill also extends the civil statute of limitations for these cases.

Sponsor and status

Susan Brooks

Sponsor. Representative for Indiana's 5th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Jun 5, 2017
Length: 13 pages
Introduced
Apr 6, 2017
115th Congress, 2017–2019
Status
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on May 25, 2017 but was never passed by the Senate. Provisions of this bill were incorporated into other bills.

Provisions of this bill also appear in:

S. 534: Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017
Enacted — Signed by the President on Feb 14, 2018. (compare text)
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What legislators are saying

House approves bill requiring amateur sporting organizations to report abuse allegations
    — Rep. Susan Brooks [R-IN5] (Sponsor) on May 30, 2017

House Passes Three Paulsen-Backed Initiatives to Protect Children from Exploitation
    — Rep. Erik Paulsen [R-MN3, 2009-2018] (Co-sponsor) on May 25, 2017

Congressman David Scott Votes to Strengthen Protections for Child Victims of Human trafficking, Sexual abuse
    — Rep. David Scott [D-GA13] on May 25, 2017

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History

Apr 6, 2017
 
Introduced

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May 18, 2017
 
Ordered Reported

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May 22, 2017
 
Reported by House Committee on the Judiciary

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May 25, 2017
 
Passed House (Senate next)

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H.R. 1973 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not enacted by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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