An 11-member Task Force on Child Protection, formed after the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal, has come up with suggestions to changes to state laws.
Some of the suggestions are worthwhile, such as replacing the state's ChildLine 11-digit reporting number with a three-digit number.
But other suggestions do not take the facts of the case into account. The task force recommends adding college administrators, coaches and librarians to the list of professionals required to report suspected abuse. The Jerry Sandusky incident with a child in a shower room was reported to police in 1988. Then District Attorney Ray Gricar decided not to prosecute. Gricar, who has been missing since 2005, is not around to answer questions as to why he made that decision.
Lawmakers must be careful not to write laws without providing the necessary resources. As it is the child welfare system in some places is overwhelmed. If serious allegations are neglected because of a flood of new cases it won't help the victims.