By Bob Katzen
The Department of Developmental Services held an oversight meeting last week and heard testimony supporting the creation of a registry of abusers of persons with intellectual or developmental disabilities. The Senate approved the bill 36-0 in July but since then it has been lingering in the House Ways and Means Committee.
“I can tell you without hesitation that the systems that are in place are not working and we are failing to protect people with developmental disability in Massachusetts from sexual and other forms of abuse,” said Anna Eves, the vice president of the Massachusetts Coalition of Families and Advocates. Her son was the victim of abuse in 2017.
“I am shocked it is taking this long to pass a bill that would prevent known abusers access to new victims,” she said. “People with developmental disabilities need and deserve protection. Every day that passes without this bill allows abusers to continue to abuse.”