(1) The task force on the prevention of sexual abuse of children is created within the department.

(2) The governor shall appoint members to the task force in consultation with the department. The appointment of members must reflect the geographic diversity of this state. Members of the task force must include the following:

Terms Used In Michigan Laws 722.632b

  • Child: means a person under 18 years of age. See Michigan Laws 722.622
  • Department: means the department of health and human services. See Michigan Laws 722.622
  • Director: means the director of the department. See Michigan Laws 722.622
  • Guardian: A person legally empowered and charged with the duty of taking care of and managing the property of another person who because of age, intellect, or health, is incapable of managing his (her) own affairs.
  • Presiding officer: A majority-party Senator who presides over the Senate and is charged with maintaining order and decorum, recognizing Members to speak, and interpreting the Senate's rules, practices and precedents.
  • Sexual abuse: means engaging in sexual contact or sexual penetration as those terms are defined in section 520a of the Michigan penal code, 1931 PA 328, MCL 750. See Michigan Laws 722.622
  • state: when applied to the different parts of the United States, shall be construed to extend to and include the District of Columbia and the several territories belonging to the United States; and the words "United States" shall be construed to include the district and territories. See Michigan Laws 8.3o
  • Testimony: Evidence presented orally by witnesses during trials or before grand juries.

(a) Individuals who have experience and expertise in the fields of intervention and prevention of child abuse and neglect, education, or child welfare.

(b) A representative from the Michigan coalition to end domestic and sexual violence.

(c) A representative from the Michigan domestic and sexual violence prevention and treatment board.

(d) A representative from the Michigan chapter of the national children’s alliance.

(e) An administrator or staff member of a child assessment center.

(f) A licensed therapist trained to counsel or treat child sexual abuse victims.

(g) A circuit court judge or his or her designee.

(h) A school district board member, intermediate school district board member, or public school academy board member.

(3) The department director or his or her designee shall serve as the task force’s presiding officer. The task force shall meet at the call of the presiding officer. The task force shall make recommendations for reducing child sexual abuse in this state. The task force shall also make recommendations for school policies that address the sexual abuse of children. In making those recommendations, the task force shall do all of the following:

(a) Gather information concerning child sexual abuse throughout this state.

(b) Receive reports and testimony from individuals, state and local agencies, community-based organizations, and other public and private organizations.

(c) Review steps taken and programs established in other states to reduce child sexual abuse.

(d) Create goals for state policy that are aimed at preventing child sexual abuse.

(e) Create recommendations and guidelines for school policies addressing sexual abuse of children according to section 1505 of the revised school code, 1976 PA 451, MCL 380.1505. These recommendations and guidelines shall be flexible enough to allow accommodation for local autonomy and values.

(f) Create recommendations and guidelines for age-appropriate, evidence-based child sexual abuse awareness.

(g) Create recommendations and guidelines for school personnel to respond appropriately to pupils affected by sexual abuse.

(h) Create recommendations and guidelines for providing educational material to parents and guardians on the warning signs of child sexual abuse and information on assistance and referrals or resources.

(i) Develop a child sexual abuse protocol to be utilized by all community partners in order to help to identify, prevent, and investigate child sexual abuse.

(j) Submit a final report with the task force’s recommendations to the governor and the legislature not later than 365 days after the members of the task force are appointed.

(4) The recommendations described under subsection (3) may include proposals for specific statutory changes and methods to foster cooperation among state agencies and between the state and local government.

(5) The task force shall consult with the employees of the department who work on child protection matters, the department of state police, the state board of education, and any other state agency or department necessary to accomplish the task force’s responsibilities under this section.

(6) The members of the task force shall serve without compensation and shall not be reimbursed for their expenses.

(7) The task force shall be abolished upon submission of the final report required in subsection (3) to the governor and the legislature.

(8) Upon written request from a child or the child’s parent or legal guardian, that child shall be excused, without penalty, from participating in the task force’s information-gathering efforts.

(9) As used in this section, “task force” means the task force on the prevention of sexual abuse of children created in subsection (1).