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House File 2154 is in subcommittee Monday afternoon (3:15 p.m.). The bill relates to child sexual abuse and sexual assault awareness and prevention.

The bill requires districts to provide “age-appropriate” and research-based instruction in child sexual abuse and child sexual assault awareness and prevention as part of its human growth and development instruction in K-12, and in Pre-K if the district offers Pre-K programs.

The subcommittee will include Representatives Gary Mohr, Wes Breckenridge and Joel Fry.

Here is what Rep. Mohr wrote about the bill previously:

House File 2154 – This bill addresses child sexual abuse and child sexual assault awareness and prevention. First, this bill provides that continuing education activities authorized by the board of educational examiners for purposes of renewing a license, certificate, statement of professional recognition, or authorization may include participating in or presenting at in-service training programs on child sexual abuse and child sexual assault awareness and prevention. Additionally, the bill would require school districts to provide age-appropriate and research-based instruction in child sexual abuse and child sexual assault awareness and prevention as part of its human growth and development instruction in kindergarten through grade 12, and in prekindergarten, if the school district offers a prekindergarten program.

The bill seeks to teach children how to recognize unwanted physical and verbal sexual advances. The bill also seeks to teach children how to effectively reject unwanted sexual advances, and that it is wrong to take advantage of or exploit another person. The bill also seeks to teach students about the dangers of sexual exploitation by means of the internet including specific strategies to help students protect themselves and their personally identifiable information from such exploitation. The bill also requires students receive instruction about counseling, medical, and legal resources available to survivors of sexual abuse and sexual assault, including resources for escaping violent relationships. The bill was introduced and referred to the Public Safety Committee on January 28, 2020.