From: Nathan Smith
To: Dean Sanpei,
Subject: HB 286
Date: Thu Feb 20 22:14:17 MST 2014
Good afternoon Dean,

I am one of your constituents and as such wish to voice my opinion on HB 286 sponsored by Representative Romero.

In the sad condition of our world today too many children find themselves abused. As such this topic must be addressed. However as the bill reads I do not support it. The reason being that it is too narrow. If we are actually going to include abuse prevention education in our school system it ought to cover all forms of abuse. Such as verbal, physical, emotional, and sexual. 

While I personally believe that it is a parents responsibility to ensure such things are taught at home, there are too many children who's abusers are family members. Because this I support the idea of such prevention education being taught in our public schools.

In addition, this has the potential to cause more harm than good. For example a 3rd grader becomes so frightened by the presentation that even a touch on the shoulder could then be confused with sexual abuse. Such education must include not only what is abuse, but what isn't.

If the bill were to include all forms of abuse then I would support it more readily. But again with it's narrow scope I cannot not fully support it.

Thank you for your time. Hope you have a great day and a productive year!

Best wishes,

Nathan Smith