The Beau Biden Foundation for the Protection of Children’s CEO, Patricia Dailey Lewis, Esq. joined Delaware Attorney General Kathy Jennings, Sen. Nicole Poore, Rep. Krista Griffith, Rep. Valerie Longhurst, and Rep. Mike Smith for a virtual press conference on Monday, May 9th, to file three new bills to help keep students safe from sexual predators.
These bills will expand Delaware’s sexual extortion law, implement training for school staff around sexual misconduct and the grooming process, and require school districts and charter schools to update policies regarding appropriate and inappropriate interactions between adults and children.
Attorney General Kathy Jennings said, “the safety of Delaware’s children was paramount, especially while they were in these school settings,” according to WDEL. “It’s a message well-received and often championed by Beau Biden Foundation for the Protection of Children [Chief Executive Officer] Patricia Dailey Lewis [Esq.] who added an important part for these initiatives is to make sure children being victimized know they aren’t alone, and don’t need to deal with whatever might be happening without help, especially since there are more than 500,000 predators online right now preying on children.
‘Lives are ruined. Do you know only 20% of children who are being stalked online ever tell anyone? They live with this pain, they live with this grief, they live with this shame. Every day,’ Lewis said. ‘We must talk about it. We must talk about what is happening to our children…[W]e must give a voice to children. You are giving children that voice. Everyone needs to be clear. This is the First State, and we’ll be the first state to step up and keep our children safe.’”
We implore all legislators, schools, and youth-serving organizations to support these bills and work with us to help protect children and confront abuse.