NATIONAL -- The nation watched in horror and concern as woman after woman spoke out against former U.S. Olympic gymnastic team doctor, Larry Nassar. Just last week he was sentenced to spend up to 175 years behind bars.
Now, Congress is acting quickly to make sure this sort of ongoing abuse doesn't happen again.
“How a serial predator like Dr. Nassar could have preyed on so many young girls for a long time in such a flagrant fashion is appalling,” said Rep. Ted Poe, a Republican from Texas’s Second District during floor debate.
The U.S. House signed off on a bill that mandates sexual abuse reporting, lengthens the time someone can sue for abuse, and limits one on one interaction between minors and adults.
“In Michigan there was a volcanic action,” said Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, a Democrat from Texas’s Eighteenth District. “One might call it the ‘Nassar volcano’. It acted and there was no reaction. It was deadening silence.”
In a time of divisiveness in Congress, this legislation is a rare species, where both sides of the aisle are coming together and moving the bill quickly through the process.
“When you talk about young people, this really gets peoples' blood boiling,” says David McLennan with Meredith College. “And so when you see House members or even Senate members - you've seen Diane Feinstein coming out speaking very strongly in favor of it- this is the kind of thing where they can let their guard down and speak from the heart.”
The bill still needs a final vote of approval from the Senate.