Legislator proposes new state law requiring child sexual abuse reporting
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Laws in South Carolina could change to further protect children after leaders at The Citadel admitted they should have done more when they were approached about claims of child sexual abuse.
Currently, only certain people are required, by law, to report child sexual abuse -- people like medical providers and clergy.
A new proposed bill would require anyone with knowledge of a possible child sexual abuse incident to report it to police. State Representative Peter McCoy hopes to revise the current law and get things changed in the state.
"When you look at the current law in South Carolina it says only certain amount of people are required to alert the authorities if they know about a child sexual abuse case," he said. "What my bill is going to do, is basically replace that specific group of people by saying, 'Hey if anybody knows that child sexual abuse has happened or gone on, then you have to report it, period.'"
The move comes just four days after The Citadel's President Lt. General John Rosa admitted they didn't call police when confronted with allegations of child sexual abuse. In 2007 a former camper accused Louis "Skip" ReVille of inappropriate sexual behavior.
If the bill passes, South Carolina would become the 19th state requiring anyone to report child sexual abuse. The proposed penalty would be up to six months in jail and a $500 fine.