House Bill 2645 – Relating to the development of a program and training for public schools on the prevention of sexual abuse and sex trafficking.
Sponsor: Rep. Senfronia Thompson [D].
This Act would amend the Education Code to provide for instruction on the prevention of sexual abuse and sex trafficking.
* A sexual abuse and sex trafficking prevention program, that a school district may use in their health curriculum, will be developed.
* The program will emphasize compassion for victims of sexual abuse or sex trafficking and the creation of a positive reentry experience for survivors of sexual abuse or sex trafficking into schools.
* The methods for increasing awareness of issues regarding sexual abuse, sex trafficking, and other maltreatment of children must include training, concerning prevention techniques for and recognition of sexual abuse, sex trafficking, and all other maltreatment of children.
Note: This bill is similar to California’s existing legislation, SB 1165, which passed into law in September of 2014.
March 1, 2017 – House; Filed.
March 21, 2017 – Read first time; referred to Public Education.