The public is encouraged to see a video about the impact of child abuse on impressionable young minds. It will be shown at 6:30 this Thusday night at MTSU's Ned McWherter Learning Resource Center.
When it comes to the impact of child abuse on impressionable young minds, the proof is in the research.
Prevent Child Abuse Tennessee, in partnership with MTSU and Murfreesboro City Schools, will present "Resilience: the Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope," an award-winning documentary.
The hour-long film shows how toxic stress caused by adverse childhood experiences triggers hormones that wreak havoc on children's brains, ultimately affecting their health and prosperity as adults.
"Resilience" chronicles the work of research and other work by physicians, teachers, clinicians, nonprofit organizations and social welfare professionals in attempting to prevent or mitigate the effect of toxic stress on youngsters.
This film is free and open to the public. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Light refreshments will be available. A discussion will follow the screening. The trailer may be viewed at http://kpjrfilms.co/resilience/. To register in advance, go to https://tinyurl.com/ycuadc5h.
In keeping with child abuse, A bill moved forward by State Representative Mike Sparks and Senator Bill Ketron could eventually abolish the statute of limitations in Tennessee against those who sexually abuse children.
Last Thursday (4/12/18), both the Tennessee senate and house passed a bill to study the impact of eliminating the statute for felony sex abuse offenses committed on children.
95 lawmakers in the House voted in favor of the bill passing. No one voted against the bill.
If the study is favorable to taxpayers and helps to lock up those who commit such crimes, it could be signed into law during the 2019 legislative session.
It has been proven that youth who were sexually abused, often wait many years before coming forward. This proposed bill totally elemenates the statute of limitations. In other words, if a victim waits forty years to come forward about the abuse and the suspect is found to be guilty by a court of law, then the suspect can and will be convicted and sentenced.
The law would not be retroactive. Instead, it would be from the day the statute is dropped - forward.
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