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2020 Brings Overhaul Of North Carolina's Sexual Abuse Laws

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The new year will bring new training requirements for reporting and preventing child sexual abuse and sex trafficking in NC schools.

RALEIGH — The new year will bring new training requirements for reporting and preventing child sexual abuse and sex trafficking in North Carolina's schools.

The News & Observer reported Monday that the training requirements are part of an overhaul of state sexual assault laws.

The changes include making it a Class 1 misdemeanor for adults to fail to call authorities if they suspect a child is being abused. The statute of limitations will also be extended for civil suits against abusers.

North Carolina is thought to have one of the highest rates of human trafficking in the nation. But there have been only nine human trafficking convictions across the state since 2013. Five involved children.

The new law requires all public schools to train employees who work with students to spot warning signs of abuse.