By Michael Matza, Philadelphia Inquirer
WASHINGTON - Using the Pennsylvania State University scandal as a catalyst to review federal child-protection law, a Senate panel is considering legislation that would require all adults, not just social-service professionals, to report child molestation to police.
"Child abuse is the ultimate betrayal . . . and it happens because adults fail," said Sen. Bob Casey (D., Pa.), sponsor of what he calls the "Speak Up to Protect Every Abused Kid Act of 2011."
An expansion of a 1974 federal law on child-abuse prevention, it would put reporting responsibility on every adult, but allow each state to determine how to implement that mandate.
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