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NYS bill would close private school loophole for reporting sexual abuse in schools

Presently, private schools in New York State are not required to report instances of sexual abuse by a teacher or anyone else at a school to police.

A measure that would fix this loophole, passed in both the Senate and the Assembly, is currently on Governor Cuomo's desk awaiting his approval.

"It's a no brainer really. It's a critical tool for protecting children," said Dennis Poust, spokesperson for NYS Catholic Conference

The Catholic Conference is one of many religious organizations solidly behind the passing of this bill. 

In 2000, the state passed a measure that required all public schools to report any sexual abuse to police. 

There was an assumption that private schools were operating under the same principal.

Stories have since come out in recent years of sexual abuse being handled internally at schools, such as Emma Willard, an all-girls private boarding high school in Troy, NY. 

This has caused legislators to start to push again to close the private school loophole.

"The cover-up makes it that much worse, because many more children get hurt and then it just compounds itself so we think that by closing this loophole, it's going to really ensure chat children are protected," said Poust. 

A spokesperson for the Governor says that the bill is still currently under review. 


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