Task Force on the Prevention of Sexual Abuse of Children

The Task Force on the Prevention of Sexual Abuse of Children was established in accordance with "Erin's Law", Public Act 593 of 2012, which aims to protect against the sexual abuse of children.  Public Act 593 creates this one-time task force to provide recommendations for reducing child sexual abuse.  These recommendations will help in the creation of future goals and guidelines for state and school policies.  Once the members of this task force are appointed, they will have 365 days to submit their final recommendations to the Governor and Legislature. The Task Force will be comprised of a geographically diverse group of individuals.

Appointments to the Task Force are forthcoming and members will include: individuals who have experience and expertise in the fields of intervention and prevention of child abuse; a representative from the Michigan coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence; a representative from the Michigan Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention and Treatment Board; a representative from the Michigan chapter of the National Children's Alliance; an administrator or staff member of a child assessment Ccnter; a licensed therapist trained to counsel or treat child sexual abuse victims; a circuit court judge or his or her designee; and a school district board member, intermediate school district board member, or public school academy board member.

Statute

Public Act 593 of 2012
 

Contact

LaShawn Thurman
Task Force Coordinator
Michigan Department of Human Services
Michigan Domestic & Sexual Violence Prevention & Treatment Board
235 S. Grand Ave., Ste. 615
Lansing, MI  48933
Ph: 517.335.6388
Fax: 517.241.8903
Thurmanl1@michigan.gov


Members

Mark Boody, Waterford
Represents individuals who have experience and expertise in the fields of intervention and prevention of child abuse

Denise Busley, Traverse City
Represents individuals who have experience and expertise in the fields of intervention and prevention of child abuse

Johanna Buzolits, Plymouth
Represents licensed therapists trained to counsel or treat child sexual abuse victims

Deborah Carley, Troy
Represents individuals who have experience and expertise in the fields of intervention and prevention of child abuse 

Cassandra Harmon-Higgins, South Lyon
Represents individuals who have experience and expertise in the fields of intervention and prevention of child abuse

Thomas Cottrell, Ada
Represents individuals who have experience and expertise in the fields of intervention and prevention of child abuse

Jerry Dorsey, Farmington Hills
Represents individuals who have experience and expertise in the fields of intervention and prevention of child abuse

Mary Jane Tramontin, Ann Arbor
Represents school district board members, intermediate school district board members, or public academy board members

Kathy Hagenian, Novi
Represents the Michigan Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence

Angie Kennedy, Okemos
Represents individuals who have experience and expertise in the fields of intervention and prevention of child abuse

Tom Knapp, Wyoming
Represents the Michigan Chapter of the National Children’s Alliance

Mary Lovik, Okemos
Represents the Michigan Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention and Treatment Board

Cheryl Matthews, Sylvan Lake
Represents circuit court judges

Phyllis Van Order, Battle Creek
Represents individuals who have experience and expertise in the fields of intervention and prevention of child abuse

Dorie Vazquez-Nolan, Macomb Township
Represents an administrator or staff member of a child assessment center

Christopher Wigent, Northville
Represents individuals who experience and expertise in the fields of intervention and prevention of child abuse