Rep. Camille Y Lilly

Filed: 3/6/2012





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2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend House Bill 5689 by replacing
3everything after the enacting clause with the following:
4    "Section 5. The School Code is amended by adding Section
522-75 as follows:
6    (105 ILCS 5/22-75 new)
7    Sec. 22-75. The Eradicate Domestic Violence Task Force.
8    (a) There is hereby created the Eradicate Domestic Violence
9Task Force. The Eradicate Domestic Violence Task Force shall
10develop a statewide effective and feasible prevention course
11for high school students designed to prevent interpersonal,
12adolescent violence based on the Step Back Program for boys and
13girls. The State Board of Education shall provide
14administrative staff and support to the task force.
15    (b) The Eradicate Domestic Violence Task Force shall do the



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1        (1) Conduct meetings to evaluate the effectiveness and
2    feasibility of statewide implementation of the curricula
3    of the Step Back Program at Oak Park and River Forest High
4    School, located in Cook County, Illinois, for the
5    prevention of domestic violence.
6        (2) Invite the testimony of and confer with experts on
7    relevant topics as needed.
8        (3) Propose content for integration into school
9    curricula aimed at preventing domestic violence.
10        (4) Propose the curricula content that should be
11    mandatory versus voluntary to best provide the desired
12    result of eradication of domestic violence.
13        (5) Propose a method of training facilitators on the
14    school curricula aimed at preventing domestic violence.
15        (6) Propose partnerships with anti-violence agencies
16    to assist with the facilitator roles and the nature of the
17    partnerships.
18        (7) Evaluate the approximate cost per school or school
19    district to implement and maintain school curricula aimed
20    at preventing domestic violence.
21        (8) Propose a funding source or sources to support
22    school curricula aimed at preventing domestic violence and
23    agencies that provide training to the facilitators, such as
24    a fee to be charged in domestic violence, sexual assault,
25    and related cases to be collected by the clerk of the court
26    for deposit into a special fund in the State treasury and



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1    to be used to fund a proposed eradicate domestic violence
2    program in the schools of this State.
3        (9) Propose an evaluation structure to ensure that the
4    school curricula aimed at preventing domestic violence is
5    effectively taught by trained facilitators.
6        (10) Propose a method of evaluation for the purpose of
7    modifying the content of the curriculum over time,
8    including whether studies of the program should be
9    conducted by the University of Illinois' Interpersonal
10    Violence Prevention Information Center.
11        (11) Recommend legislation developed by the task
12    force, such as amending to Sections 27-5 through 27-13.3,
13    27-23.4, and 27-23.7 of this Code, and legislation to
14    create a fee to be charged in domestic violence, sexual
15    assault, and related cases to be collected by the clerk of
16    court for deposit into a special fund in the State treasury
17    and to be used to fund a proposed eradicate domestic
18    violence program in the schools of this State.
19        (12) Produce a report of the task force's findings on
20    best practices and policies, which shall include a plan
21    with a phased and prioritized implementation timetable for
22    implementation of school curricula aimed at preventing
23    domestic violence in schools. The task force shall submit a
24    report to the General Assembly on or before April 1, 2013
25    on its findings, recommendations, and implementation plan.
26    Any task force reports must be published on the State Board



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1    of Education's Internet website on the date the report is
2    delivered to the General Assembly.
3    (c) The President of the Senate and the Speaker of the
4House of Representatives shall each appoint one co-chairperson
5of the Eradicate Domestic Violence Task Force. In addition to
6the 2 co-chairpersons, the task force shall be comprised of the
7following members, appointed by the State Board of Education,
8and shall be representative of the geographic, racial, ethnic,
9and cultural diversity of this State:
10        (1) Five representatives involved with a program for
11    high school students at a high school that is located in a
12    municipality with a population of 2,000,000 or more and the
13    program is a daily, 6-week to 9-week, 45-session,
14    gender-specific, primary prevention course designed to
15    raise awareness of topics such as dating and domestic
16    violence, bullying and harassment, sexual assault, digital
17    abuse, self-defense, and suicide.
18        (2) A representative of an interpersonal violence
19    prevention program within a State university.
20        (3) A representative of a statewide nonprofit,
21    nongovernmental, domestic violence organization.
22        (4) A representative of a different nonprofit,
23    nongovernmental domestic violence organization that is
24    located in a municipality with a population of 2,000,000 or
25    more.
26        (5) Two representatives of a statewide nonprofit,



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1    nongovernmental, sexual assault organization.
2        (6) A representative of a different nonprofit,
3    nongovernmental, sexual assault organization based in a
4    county with a population of 3,000,000 or more.
5        (7) The State Superintendent of Education or his or her
6    designee.
7        (8) The Chief Executive Officer of City of Chicago
8    School District 299 or his or her designee or the President
9    of the Chicago Board of Education or his or her designee.
10        (9) A representative of the Department of Human
11    Services.
12        (10) A representative of a statewide, nonprofit
13    professional organization representing law enforcement
14    executives.
15        (11) A representative of the Chicago Police
16    Department, Youth Services Division.
17        (12) The Clerk of the Circuit Court for the First
18    Judicial District or his or her designee.
19    (d) The following underlying purposes should be liberally
20construed by the task force convened under this Section:
21        (1) Recognize that, according to the Centers for
22    Disease Control and Prevention, National Intimate Partner
23    and Sexual Violence Survey, December 2010 Summary Report,
24    on average 24 people per minute are victims of rape,
25    physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner in
26    the United States, equaling more than 12 million women and



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1    men.
2        (2) Recognize that abused children and children
3    exposed to domestic violence in their homes may have short
4    and long-term physical, emotional, and learning problems,
5    including increased aggression, decreased responsiveness
6    to adults, failure to thrive, posttraumatic stress
7    disorder, depression, anxiety, hyper vigilance and
8    hyperactivity, eating and sleeping problems, and
9    developmental delays, according to the Journal of
10    Interpersonal Violence and the Futures Without Violence
11    organization.
12        (3) Recognize that the Illinois Violence Prevention
13    Authority has found that children exposed to violence in
14    the media may become numb to the horror of violence, may
15    gradually accept violence as a way to solve problems, may
16    imitate the violence they see, and may identify with
17    certain characters, victims, or victimizers.
18        (4) Recognize that crimes and the incarceration of
19    youth are often associated with a history of child abuse
20    and exposure to domestic violence, according to Futures
21    Without Violence.
22        (5) Recognize that the cost of prosecuting crime in
23    this State is unnecessarily high due to a lack of
24    prevention programs designed to eradicate domestic
25    violence.
26        (6) Recognize that sexual violence, stalking, and



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1    intimate partner violence are serious and widespread
2    public health problems for children and adults in this
3    State.
4        (7) Recognize that intervention programs aimed at
5    preventing domestic violence may yield better results than
6    programs aimed at treating the victims of domestic
7    violence, because treatment programs may reduce the
8    likelihood that a particular woman will be re-victimized,
9    but might not otherwise reduce the overall amount of
10    domestic violence.
11        (8) Recognize that uniform, effective, feasible, and
12    widespread prevention of sexual violence and intimate
13    partner violence is a high priority in this State.
14        (9) Recognize that the Step Back Program at Oak Park
15    and River Forest High School in Cook County, Illinois, is a
16    daily, 6 to 9 week, 45-session, gender-specific, primary
17    prevention course for high school students designed to
18    raise awareness of topics, including dating and domestic
19    violence, bullying and harassment, sexual assault, digital
20    abuse, self-defense, and suicide. The Step Back Program is
21    co-facilitated by the high school and a nonprofit,
22    nongovernmental domestic violence prevention specialist
23    and service provider.
24        (10) Develop a statewide effective prevention course
25    for high school students based on the Step Back Program for
26    boys and girls designed to prevent interpersonal,



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1    adolescent violence.
2    (e) Members of the Eradicate Domestic Violence Task Force
3shall receive no compensation for their participation, but may
4be reimbursed by the State Board of Education for expenses in
5connection with their participation, including travel, if
6funds are available.
7    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
8becoming law.".