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Jolene’s Task Force Update

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April 20, 2015

In fact, “Reporting” will be one of many significant messages the Jolene’s Task Force will spread thanks to the overwhelming public support and the actions of Governor Daugaard in March. As many of you know, the Task Force was revived and will continue to do its work under the umbrella of the state Department of Health.

They will have their first meeting on Tuesday, April 21 in Pierre to determine their next steps on the topics they will address over the summer.

We do know that the Task Force will continue to investigate child sexual abuse prevention, intervention, and response and examine certain areas that could benefit from new or improved legislation during the 2016 session. In addition, the Task Force will likely consider a broader public awareness campaign in part about the signs of abuse and to improve how those working with our children are informed.

It is important to note that because the Task Force is now operating under the state’s executive branch, the process of communicating information to the public will change. Until a formal process is put into place, the CACSD will be at the helm of assuring that whatever happens that information will be shared.

We do know that the Task Force will continue to investigate sexual abuse and examine certain areas that could benefit from new or improved legislation during the 2016 session. In addition, the Task Force will coordinate a broader public awareness campaign in part about the signs of abuse and to improve how those working with our children are informed.

It is important to note that because the Task Force is now operating under the state’s executive branch, the process of communicating information to the public will change. Until a formal process is put into place, the CACSD will be at the helm of assuring that whatever happens that information will be shared.

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