State Rep. Hauck announces bills to combat sexual assault, child abuse


State Rep. Roger Hauck, R-Union Township

State Rep. Roger Hauck of Union Township announced he is helping sponsor legislation to help protect Michigan’s young people in sexual assault and child abuse cases.

The legislation introduced in the Michigan House of Representatives last week comes in response to the Larry Nassar scandal at Michigan State University.

“There are no words to adequately describe the outrage we all feel about what happened at Michigan State University,” Hauck said in a press release on Feb. 9. “The focus must remain on the victims – and what we can do to help prevent a similar situation from happening again anywhere in our state. That’s what this legislation is all about, and that is why I support it.”

The legislation mandates that all coaches in K-12 schools must report child abuse offenses to the state's Children Protective Services, and it also prohibits anyone from using their position of authority to prevent someone from reporting a crime.

Hauck co-sponsors these two bills. 

The third bill, which Hauck supports, adds sexual abuse, assault and rape to Michigan's OK2SAY program. The program allows anyone to confidentially report tips or criminal activities directed at Michigan students, school employees or schools.