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(06/26/12) - His grandson, Dominick Calhoun was abused, tortured and murdered. While it's too late for the little boy, Rick Calhoun is doing the only thing he can now to protect other children.

For two years, the family fought for Dominick's Law. Tuesday in Lansing, Gov. Rick Snyder signed the important piece of legislation. The law has tougher penalties for child abusers and even creates penalties for abuse committed in front of other children, as it was in Dominick's case.

"Dominick is going to save some children," said Rick Calhoun, Dominick's grandfather.

It's with that purpose that Rick Calhoun can live on. When his 4-year-old grandson Dominick was beaten to death in April of 2010, he knew he couldn't stand by and let it happen to someone else."There was no way we would not be able to just go on with our lives without doing something because he was such a special boy."

Nancy Hamm of Linden joined the Calhoun's campaign, fighting for tough penalties for those who abuse children. "It just broke my heart that somebody could do something so awful to a little person. Hopefully this law will make people think before they do something or make that phone call that they need to make."

A key part in Dominick's Law is the tougher penalties for child abusers. A first degree conviction used to carry a 15 year sentence, but it is now life in prison.

"Children are going to have some rights, we've been preaching all along that they don't have a voice, you have to be there voice and that's what we are doing," Calhoun added.

The Calhoun's and their team, known as Dominick's Warriors, say they will keep fighting for victims of child abuse. They are looking at acquiring foreclosed homes and turn them into Dominick's Houses for abused children.

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