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SENATE DOCKET, NO. 1427         FILED ON: 1/18/2013

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 274

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Bruce E. Tarr

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act to provide child exploitation awareness education.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Bruce E. Tarr

First Essex and Middlesex

John P. Fresolo

16th Worcester

Randy Hunt

5th Barnstable

Angelo L. D'Emilia

8th Plymouth

Cheryl A. Coakley-Rivera

10th Hampden

Sal N. DiDomenico

Middlesex and Suffolk

Colleen M. Garry

36th Middlesex

James J. Lyons, Jr.

18th Essex

John J. Binienda

17th Worcester

Bradley H. Jones, Jr.

20th Middlesex

Ryan C. Fattman

18th Worcester

Joseph DiPietro, the President of Protect Mass Children

1150 Walnut Street, Newton, MA


SENATE DOCKET, NO. 1427        FILED ON: 1/18/2013

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 274

By Mr. Tarr, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 274) of Bruce E. Tarr, John P. Fresolo, Randy Hunt, Angelo L. D'Emilia and other members of the General Court for legislation to provide child exploitation awareness education.  Education. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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An Act to provide child exploitation awareness education.
 

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

              Section 1.  Chapter 71 of the General Laws is hereby amended by adding after section 2 the following new section:

              Section 2D.  The advisory council on violence prevention established by section 1G of chapter 15 of the General Laws shall recommend for approval by the board of education a model curriculum for grades two through eight, inclusive in Child Exploitation Awareness Education.   For the purposes of this section, the phrase “child exploitation” shall include child abduction or child sexual abuse.

              1) School districts shall incorporate the content of child exploitation awareness education guidelines that is age appropriate into the existing health curriculum framework for students in second grade through eighth grade, inclusive.

              2) Child exploitation awareness education may include, but need not be limited to, defining child exploitation, recognizing types of child exploitation and creating awareness of warning signs of child exploitation.

              3) In order to assist school districts, the advisory council, in consultation with at least one organization addressing child exploitation, shall develop model guidelines that school districts shall incorporate into an existing health curriculum. The department shall also provide age-appropriate educational materials regarding child exploitation awareness for the purpose of assisting school districts in preparing an instructional program on child exploitation awareness. The department may use educational materials that are already publicly available for this purpose.             

              4) A parent or legal guardian of a participating student, within a reasonable period of time after the request is made, shall be permitted to examine the child exploitation awareness education program instructional materials at the school in which the students is enrolled.

              5) At the request of a parent or guardian, a student shall be excused from all or parts of the child exploitation awareness educational program. The principal shall notify all parents or guardians of their ability to withdraw their children from instruction in the program by returning a signed opt-out form, after the parent or guardian has reviewed the instructional materials. 

              6) The department shall require yearly certification and training to all educational staff and consultants using digital means, and or in a classroom setting.  Such training shall address child sexual assault, sex offender profile training, healthy sexual behavioral training, requirements of mandated reporters, and how to report.

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