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Thomas Payne 1776

CALIFORNIA

Assembly Bill 2016 was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown on September 29, 2014:

AB2016 would require on or before March, 2017 the State Board of Education based upon the recommendations of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, to consider adopting age appropriate content standards for transitional kindergarten, kindergarten and grades 1 to 12, inclusive in sexual abuse and sexual assault awareness and prevention, including information on available counseling an resources for children who are sexually abused. The bill would authorize school districts, county offices of education and charter schools to provide age appropriate instruction pursuant to the content standards adopted by the state board, for transitional kindergarten, kindergarten, and grades 1 to 12, inclusive, applicable in sexual abuse and sexual assault awareness and prevention. This bill would provide a procedure for excusing a pupil from that instruction.

California Department of Justice, Attorney General Kamal D. Harris has announced on February 14, 2015 the formation of the Bureau of Children’s Justice. As a career prosecutor specializing in sexual and physical crimes against children, Attorney General Harris has gained first hand awareness of the prevalence of crimes against children and of the great need to protect them as our most vulnerable members of society.

The Bureau of Children’s Justice will deal with issues impacting children’s legal protection, including civil rights, education, consumer protection, nonprofit charities, child welfare, privacy and identity theft and fraud.

NATIONAL

Erin’s Law: A national movement with 26 states having adopted the law as of July 2015, 17 States Pending

What does Erin’s Law do: With respect to the renewal of a Standard Teaching Certificate, provides that continuing professional development activities may include participating in or presenting at in-service training programs on sexual abuse and assault awareness and prevention. Provides that the Comprehensive Health Education Program requires age-appropriate sexual abuse and assault awareness and prevention education in grades pre-kindergarten through 12 along with training school staff on the prevention of sexual abuse.

Title IX Prohibits Sexual harassment and Sexual Violence where you go to school.

Title IX Is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs and activities. All public and private elementary and secondary schools, school districts, colleges, and universities (hereinafter schools) receiving any Federal funds must comply with Title IX. Under Title IX discrimination on the basis of sex can include sexual harassment or sexual violence, such as rape sexual assault, sexual battery, and sexual coercion.

Editors note: Most State enacted laws against sexual abuse and assault awareness and prevention legislation is not funded therefore schools have the law but no funds to enact the law that will protect our children. Title IX is mandated and funded by the Federal government and programs could be written.