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 have amended the Education Code, to provide for instruction on the prevention of sexual abuse and sex trafficking, in the following ways:
* A sexual abuse and sex trafficking prevention program, that a school district may use in their health curriculum, would be developed.
* The program would 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 would include training, concerning prevention techniques for and recognition of sexual abuse, sex trafficking, and all other maltreatment of children.
Note: This bill was similar to California’s existing legislation regarding sexual abuse and sex trafficking prevention education (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.