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1    AN ACT concerning education.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 5. The School Code is amended by changing Section
510-23.13 as follows:
6    (105 ILCS 5/10-23.13)
7    Sec. 10-23.13. Policies addressing sexual abuse.
8    (a) In this Section:
9    "Evidence-informed" refers to modalities that were created
10utilizing components of evidence-based treatments or
12    "Grooming" means conduct prohibited under Section 11-25 of
13the Criminal Code of 2012.
14    (b) To adopt and implement, by no later than July 1, 2022,
15a policy addressing sexual abuse of children that shall may
16include an age-appropriate and evidence-informed curriculum
17for students in pre-K through 12th 5th grade;
18evidence-informed training for school personnel on child
19sexual abuse; evidence-informed educational information to
20parents or guardians provided in the school handbook on the
21warning signs of a child being abused, along with any needed
22assistance, referral, or resource information; available
23counseling and resources for students affected by sexual



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1abuse; and emotional and educational support for a child of
2abuse to continue to be successful in school. A school
3district shall include in its policy and all training
4materials and instruction a definition of prohibited grooming
5behaviors and boundary violations for school personnel and how
6to report these behaviors.
7    Any policy adopted under this Section shall may address
8without limitation:
9        (1) methods for increasing school personnel teacher,
10    student, and parent awareness of issues regarding sexual
11    abuse of children, including awareness and knowledge of
12    likely warning signs indicating that a child may be a
13    victim of sexual abuse, awareness and knowledge of
14    grooming behaviors and how to report those behaviors,
15    awareness of appropriate relationships between school
16    personnel and students based on State law, and how to
17    prevent child abuse from happening, including, but not
18    limited to, methods outlined in State law regarding
19    personal health and safety education for students;
20        (1.5) evidence-informed training for school personnel
21    on preventing, recognizing, reporting, and responding to
22    child sexual abuse and grooming behavior, including when
23    the grooming or abuse is committed by a member of the
24    school community, with a discussion of the criminal
25    statutes addressing sexual conduct between school
26    personnel and students, professional conduct, and



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1    reporting requirements, including, but not limited to,
2    training as outlined in Section 10-22.39 and Section 3-11;
3        (2) options actions that a student child who is a
4    victim of sexual abuse has should take to obtain
5    assistance and intervention; and
6        (3) available counseling options for students affected
7    by sexual abuse; .
8        (4) methods for educating school personnel, students,
9    and staff on how to report child abuse to law enforcement
10    authorities and to the Department of Children and Family
11    Services and how to report grooming behaviors, including
12    when the grooming or abuse is committed by a member of the
13    school community; and
14        (5) education and information about children's
15    advocacy centers and sexual assault crisis centers and
16    information about how to access a children's advocacy
17    center or sexual assault crisis center serving the
18    district.
19    (c) A school district must provide training for school
20personnel on child sexual abuse as described in paragraph
21(1.5) of subsection (b) no later than January 31 of each year.
22    (d) This Section may be referred to as Erin's Law.
23(Source: P.A. 96-1524, eff. 2-14-11.)
24    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
25becoming law.