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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: February 27, 2019 03:14 PM
From: Senator Judith L. Schwank
To: All Senate members
Subject: Dating and Sexual Violence Prevention Education
I will shortly re-introduce SB 547 from the 2017-2018 session to reinforce Public School Code provisions concerning dating and sexual violence.
This bill was developed with input from the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence and is aimed at dealing more effectively with domestic violence in the Commonwealth.
My proposal would require schools to establish specific policies regarding dating violence, including reporting procedures for students, parents, legal guardians, or third parties; disciplinary procedures and penalties for students perpetrating dating violence against other students; and information regarding the Protection from Abuse law. Additionally, schools and districts would be required to post these policies on the school or district website, in every classroom where practical, and in at least one prominent location within a school.
Existing training requirements on dating violence would be expanded to include middle-school students; components that are now optional; and all teachers, coaches, and school- or district-designated employees.
Finally, the bill would also require that post-secondary schools include in currently mandated sexual violence awareness programs information on how to obtain Protection from Abuse orders.
I hope you will consider adding your support to these important improvements for the welfare and safety of everyone in Pennsylvania, but particularly for those of our young people.
Co-sponsors included Senators Costa, Hughes, Blake, Fontana, Brewster, Yudichak, Tartaglione, Farnese, Boscola, Mensch, Browne, Sabatina and Killion.

Introduced as SB938