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March 06, 2009

Governor Douglas Signs S.13 into Law

Bethel, VT – Governor Jim Douglas today signed S.13, An Act Relating to Improving Vermont’s Sexual Abuse Response System, in to law. S.13 is a sweeping piece of legislation that strengthens Vermont’s response to sexual violence against children in all areas.

“There is no more valuable resource than our children and it is our responsibility to do all we can to keep them safe in their communities,” Governor Douglas said. “I am proud to say that this bill does make Vermont an even safer place for our kids,” he continued.

S.13 provides law enforcement, the courts, communities and families with improved tools, more options and better resources to keep our children safe. It provides a mandatory 25 year minimum sentence for those who commit the worst acts of sexual violence against a child, as well as greater information for parents, educators and others to identify and deal cases of sexual abuse. S.13 also provides additional resources for the Special Investigation Units throughout the state.

Source: Office of the Governor
Last Updated at: March 06, 2009 15:09:30