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New law provides young sexual abuse victims with mental health help

Monday, July 24, 2017

"California law now mandates mental health help for young victims of sexual abuse.

Psychological trauma treatment for victims under 14 years old will be paid for by predators after Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 756 into law.

The bill, which earned bipartisan support in both the Senate and Assembly, is the first of Senator Henry Stern’s (D-Canoga Park) bills to be signed into law during his freshman legislative season.

'SB 756 will assist kids in getting the help they deserve,' Senator Henry Stern said in a statement. 'I applaud Governor Brown for signing this important measure into law.'

Prior to the passage of this bill, there was a loophole in the law that did not allow young victims of sexual assault to get restitution for their mental health services.

There are hundreds of pending cases in Los Angeles County that may be eligible for restitution under this law, according to Stern’s office."

Read the full article here.