April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and in light of that I feel compelled to stand alongside so many dedicated individuals to end the often ignored epidemic of sexual abuse and sexual exploitation of innocent young girls and boys. Recently, State Representative Erik Fresen and I, along with State Senator Anitere Flores, embarked on a journey in Tallahassee. This journey, known as House Bill 99, "Safe Harbor Act," recently culminated with the governor's signature and is now law in the State of Florida. This bill ensures we adequately address victims of child exploitation as just that, victims.
This good bill will protect young boys and girls who are being lured and trafficked in the sex industry in our own back yard. The bill was authored by Kristi House Executive Director Trudy Novicki. Kristi House is the Children's Advocacy Center for all of Miami-Dade County and is dedicated to providing a healing environment for child victims of sexual abuse and their families.