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Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: December 22, 2020 03:19 PM
From: Representative Mary Jo Daley
To: All House members
Subject: Age Appropriate Curriculum on Child Sexual Abuse
Jenna Quinn, a survivor of child sexual abuse, has been sharing her story and using it to promote the need for schools to adopt an age-appropriate curriculum on child sexual abuse - resulting in the 2009 passage of "Jenna's Law" in Texas, which requires school districts to educate students, teachers and parents on the signs of child sexual abuse. Since then, thirty states have enacted laws modeled after this legislation.

After a discussion with Ms. Quinn on these issues, it became clear to me that Pennsylvania needs to adopt similar legislation to protect our children and promote awareness in our schools. By better educating them on signs of child sexual abuse, we can provide our children with tools and knowledge to help them avoid becoming victims. At the same time, this legislation would promote age appropriate dialogue on child sexual abuse in schools so that victims are in an environment where they feel comfortable coming forward to their parents or another trusted adult.

As members of the General Assembly, we have a moral obligation to do everything we can to prevent sexual child abuse. Please join me in protecting our children by co-sponsoring this critical legislation.

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Introduced as HB736