Penn State scandal inspires tough Florida child abuse protection laws

TALLAHASSEE - Public and private universities in Florida could face $1 million fines for failing to report instances of child abuse, according to a CBS Miami report.

The Protection of Vulnerable Persons law is one of 30 new statutes that went into effect Monday, with child protection laws being a primary focus for Florida lawmakers.

The changes come in light of the multiple accounts of student sexual abuse at Penn State University involving Jerry Sandusky that went unreported for years.

Anyone who suspects child abuse is now required to report the suspicions to the Florida Abuse Hotline or face penalties ranging from a misdemeanor to a felony.

Previously, reporting suspicions was only required if a parent or caregiver was the suspected abuser.


The mandate is being called the toughest law for reporting child abuse in America.

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