Feb

21

2014

SB 1165, as introduced, Mitchell. Pupil instruction: dating violence, sexual abuse, and sex trafficking prevention education.

Existing law requires the Instructional Quality Commission, during the next revision of the publication “Health Framework for California Public Schools,” to consider developing, and recommending for adoption by the State Board of Education, a distinct category on mental health, as specified.

This bill would require the commission, during the next revision of that publication, to consider, develop, and recommend for adoption by the state board, a distinct category on dating violence, sexual abuse, and sex trafficking prevention education, as specified.

Existing law, the California Comprehensive Sexual Health and HIV/AIDS Prevention Education Act, authorizes school districts to provide comprehensive sexual health education, as defined, in kindergarten and grades 1 to 12, inclusive, and requires school districts to ensure that all pupils in grades 7 to 12, inclusive, receive HIV/AIDS prevention education, unless the pupil is excused, as specified.

This bill would also authorize a school district to provide dating violence, sexual abuse, and sex trafficking prevention education, as defined, and would require a school district that elects to offer this instruction to ensure that each pupil receives the instruction at least once in junior high or middle school, and at least once in high school. The bill would encourage school districts to collaborate with outside consultants with expertise in dating violence, sexual abuse, and sex trafficking prevention education in order to create school safety plans to address these issues. The bill would make conforming and nonsubstantive changes.

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