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CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE PREVENTION

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2014 GENERAL SESSION

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STATE OF UTAH

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Chief Sponsor: Angela Romero

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Senate Sponsor: J. Stuart Adams

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             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill enacts provisions relating to child sexual abuse prevention training and
             10      instruction in public schools.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    adopts certain recommendations of Illinois's Erin's Law Task Force;
             14          .    requires the State Board of Education, in partnership with the Department of Human
             15      Services, to approve instructional materials for child sexual abuse prevention and
             16      awareness training and instruction;
             17          .    requires a school district or charter school to use the instructional materials
             18      approved by the State Board of Education to provide child sexual abuse prevention
             19      and awareness training and instruction to:
             20              .    school personnel; and
             21              .    the parents or guardians of elementary school students;
             22          .    provides that a school district or charter school may provide child sexual abuse
             23      prevention and awareness instruction to elementary school students subject to
             24      certain requirements; and
             25          .    requires the State Board of Education to report to the Education Interim Committee.
             26      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             27          None
             28      Other Special Clauses:
             29          None


             30      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             31      ENACTS:
             32           53A-13-112 , Utah Code Annotated 1953
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             34      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             35          Section 1. Section 53A-13-112 is enacted to read:
             36          53A-13-112. Child sexual abuse prevention.
             37          (1) As used in this section, "school personnel" is as defined in Section 53A-11-605 .
             38          (2) On or before July 1, 2015, the State Board of Education shall approve, in
             39      partnership with the Department of Human Services, age-appropriate instructional materials for
             40      the training and instruction described in Subsections (3)(a) and (4).
             41          (3) (a) Beginning in the 2016-17 school year, a school district or charter school shall
             42      provide training and instruction on child sexual abuse prevention and awareness to:
             43          (i) school personnel in elementary and secondary schools on:
             44          (A) responding to a disclosure of child sexual abuse in a supportive, appropriate
             45      manner; and
             46          (B) the mandatory reporting requirements described in Sections 53A-6-502 and
             47      62A-4a-403 ; and
             48          (ii) parents or guardians of elementary school students on:
             49          (A) recognizing warning signs of a child who is being sexually abused; and
             50          (B) effective, age-appropriate methods for discussing the topic of child sexual abuse
             51      with a child.
             52          (b) A school district or charter school shall use the instructional materials approved by
             53      the State Board of Education under Subsection (2) to provide the training and instruction to
             54      school personnel and parents or guardians under Subsection (3)(a).
             55          (4) (a) In accordance with Subsections (4)(b) and (5), a school district or charter school
             56      may provide instruction on child sexual abuse prevention and awareness to elementary school
             57      students using age-appropriate curriculum.


             58          (b) Beginning in the 2016-17 school year, a school district or charter school that
             59      provides the instruction described in Subsection (4)(a) shall use the instructional materials
             60      approved by the board under Subsection (2) to provide the instruction.
             61          (5) (a) An elementary school student may not be given the instruction described in
             62      Subsection (4) unless the parent or guardian of the student is:
             63          (i) notified in advance of the:
             64          (A) instruction and the content of the instruction; and
             65          (B) parent or guardian's right to have the student excused from the instruction;
             66          (ii) given an opportunity to review the instructional materials before the instruction
             67      occurs; and
             68          (iii) allowed to be present when the instruction is delivered.
             69          (b) Upon the written request of the parent or guardian of an elementary school student,
             70      the student shall be excused from the instruction described in Subsection (4).
             71          (c) Participation of a student requires compliance with Sections 53A-13-301 and
             72      53A-13-302 .
             73          (6) A school district or charter school may determine the mode of delivery for the
             74      training and instruction described in Subsections (3) and (4).
             75          (7) (a) The State Board of Education shall report to the Education Interim Committee
             76      on the progress of the provisions of this section by the committee's November 2017 meeting.
             77          (b) Upon request of the State Board of Education, a school district or charter school
             78      shall provide to the State Board of Education information that is necessary for the report
             79      required under Subsection (7)(a).


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