A key legislator says a group of senators soon will propose that the state spend more to help educate parents because nearly all of the child sex abuse that occurs is committed in the child’s home — by someone the child knows. Senator Keith Kreiman, a Democrat from Bloomfield, says a bill to be introduced in the Senate next week would provide $1.2 million for child sex abuse prevention and child abuse prevention programs. “Educating parents, education communities, providing treatment opportunities (for victims),” Kreiman says. About 80 percent of the cases of child sex abuse occur inside the child’s home, and 90 percent of the children know the perpetrator. “So really the best and first line of defense against these sexual predators is at the home,” Kreiman says. Senate Co-President Jeff Lamberti, a Republican from Ankeny, says Republicans will consider that proposal, among others, to deal with the problem of child sex abuse. “We have to continue to improve monitoring and tracking when people get out of prison,” Lamberti says. “We need to have better tools to determine who is a risk to reoffend.” Lamberti and Kreiman made their comments on Iowa Public Television.
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