Category Archives: Domestic Violence

Proos Visits Michigan Women’s Commission, Talks Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is the world’s second largest criminal industry and a major problem in Michigan, according to state Senator John Proos. Continue reading

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Proactive Steps in 2012 About Creating Jobs Protecting Children

As we look forward to 2013, it is a time to reflect upon 2012. Just as with our families, when we look at our state we celebrate the milestones and ponder where to improve.

The proactive solutions we achieved in 2012 are helping to revitalize our economy and attract job creators to Michigan. We removed the barriers to competition that were hurting Southwest Michigan small businesses and again passed a state budget that provided essential services while living within our means. Continue reading

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Sexual Abuse Survivor Testifies in Support of “Erin’s Law” to Protect Michigan Children from Abuse

Childhood is supposed to be a time of innocence, where a child can learn, play and enjoy life.

Unfortunately, many of our children have this innocence stolen. It is estimated that one in four girls and one of every seven boys are sexually abused by age 18. In more than 90-percent of cases, their abuser is someone they know. Continue reading

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Erin’s Law to Fight Child Abuse, Passes Through the Michigan Senate

The Michigan Senate has passed a package of bills that would make it the fifth state in the country to enact “Erin’s Law,” if the House and Governor go along. The laws are designed to prevent the sexual abuse of children.

During a morning hearing, legislators heard from Erin Merryn, the namesake of the law. Merryn, who was abused as a child, talked about she feared she would get into trouble if she reported the abuse.

The law would require school programs that teach children to come forward in such situatins. She says that she is on a mission to make sure no other child has their voice silenced and innocence stolen the way hers was.

Erin’s Law also calls for the creation of a onetime task force on the prevention of sexual abuse of children. Similar laws have been enacted in Maine, Indiana and Missouri, and legislation has been introduced in several other states, including Minnesota, New York and Pennsylvania.

The package now heads to the House. With only a few sessions scheduled for this summer, it’s not clear when it would be taken up. Continue reading

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Proos Introduces Legislation to Help Protect Kids from Sexual Abuse

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State Sen. John Proos on Wednesday introduced legislation known as “Erin’s Law” to help prevent the sexual abuse of children in Michigan.
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A Call to Arms

Confront it or condone it.

That’s what state Rep. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, told Cass County’s Candelight Vigil sponsored Thursday night by Domestic and Sexual Abuse Services (DASAS) at ACTION Ministry Center. Continue reading

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