New Bill to Prevent Child Abuse in WI

By: Angela Salscheider
By: Angela Salscheider

A new bill to prevent child abuse in Wisconsin is being introduced by a local senator. It's called the Prevent Violence Against Children Act.

State Sen. Julie Lassa unveiled the bill in Marshfield Monday, saying it's aimed at educating parents and child care providers about Shaken Baby Syndrome.

For example, the bill would require parents to watch a video tape and learn about Shaken Baby Syndrome before they leave the hospital with their newborns.

"The bill is all about prevention, because child abuse is preventable, " said Sen. Lassa, (D) - Stevens Point.

Lassa says there are more than 50 children in Wisconsin every year that fall victim to Shaken Baby Syndrome. The new bill will go before the Senate Health Committee on Tuesday.