Reporting Of Crimes Against Children

Resolution 14-07.09

WHEREAS, existing state law mandates that any person who reasonably believes that he or she has observed the commission of a murder, rape, or lewd or lascivious act, where the victim is a minor under the age of 14 years, shall notify a peace officer; and

WHEREAS, existing state law is silent on the reporting of these very same crimes where the victim is a minor aged 14 to 17 years; and

WHEREAS, the California Democratic Party believes that this silence is an oversight that places some minors in unnecessary danger;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the California Democratic Party calls on Governor Jerry Brown and the California State Legislature to evaluate existing state law and to take the necessary steps to protect all minors, by mandating that any person who reasonably believes that he or she has observed the commission of a murder, rape, or lewd or lascivious act, where the victim is a minor under the age of 18 years, shall notify a peace officer subject to existing state law, which allows a person not to report if they have a reasonable fear for their personal or family safety; and

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the California Democratic Party shall send a copy of this resolution to Governor Brown, President pro Tempore Darrel Steinberg, and Speaker Toni Atkins to let them know that Democrats are seriously concerned about the safety of California's children.

 

Sponsored by Mister Phillips (AD 15), CDP African American Caucus, et al.

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Adopted by the California Democratic Party
At its July 2014 Executive Board Meeting
Marriot Hotel, Oakland
July 13, 2014

 

 

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