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Full Text of HB5689  97th General Assembly




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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 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
17        (1) Conduct meetings to evaluate the effectiveness and
18    feasibility of statewide implementation of the curricula
19    of the Step Back Program at Oak Park and River Forest High
20    School, located in Cook County, Illinois, for the
21    prevention of domestic violence.
22        (2) Invite the testimony of and confer with experts on
23    relevant topics as needed.



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1        (3) Propose content for integration into school
2    curricula aimed at preventing domestic violence.
3        (4) Propose the curricula content that should be
4    mandatory versus voluntary to best provide the desired
5    result of eradication of domestic violence.
6        (5) Propose a method of training facilitators on the
7    school curricula aimed at preventing domestic violence.
8        (6) Propose partnerships with anti-violence agencies
9    to assist with the facilitator roles and the nature of the
10    partnerships.
11        (7) Evaluate the approximate cost per school or school
12    district to implement and maintain school curricula aimed
13    at preventing domestic violence.
14        (8) Propose a funding source or sources to support
15    school curricula aimed at preventing domestic violence and
16    agencies that provide training to the facilitators, such as
17    a fee to be charged in domestic violence, sexual assault,
18    and related cases to be collected by the clerk of the court
19    for deposit into a special fund in the State treasury and
20    to be used to fund a proposed eradicate domestic violence
21    program in the schools of this State.
22        (9) Propose an evaluation structure to ensure that the
23    school curricula aimed at preventing domestic violence is
24    effectively taught by trained facilitators.
25        (10) Propose a method of evaluation for the purpose of
26    modifying the content of the curriculum over time,



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1    including whether studies of the program should be
2    conducted by the University of Illinois' Interpersonal
3    Violence Prevention Information Center.
4        (11) Recommend legislation developed by the task
5    force, such as amending Sections 27-5 through 27-13.3 and
6    27-23.4 of this Code, and legislation to create a fee to be
7    charged in domestic violence, sexual assault, and related
8    cases to be collected by the clerk of court for deposit
9    into a special fund in the State treasury and to be used to
10    fund a proposed eradicate domestic violence program in the
11    schools of this State.
12        (12) Produce a report of the task force's findings on
13    best practices and policies, which shall include a plan
14    with a phased and prioritized implementation timetable for
15    implementation of school curricula aimed at preventing
16    domestic violence in schools. The task force shall submit a
17    report to the General Assembly on or before April 1, 2013
18    on its findings, recommendations, and implementation plan.
19    Any task force reports must be published on the State Board
20    of Education's Internet website on the date the report is
21    delivered to the General Assembly.
22    (c) The President of the Senate and the Speaker of the
23House of Representatives shall each appoint one co-chairperson
24of the Eradicate Domestic Violence Task Force. The Minority
25Leader of the Senate and the Minority Leader of the House of
26Representatives shall each appoint one member to the task



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1force. In addition, the task force shall be comprised of the
2following members appointed by the State Board of Education and
3shall be representative of the geographic, racial, and ethnic
4diversity of this State:
5        (1) Four representatives involved with a program for
6    high school students at a high school that is located in a
7    municipality with a population of 2,000,000 or more and the
8    program is a daily, 6-week to 9-week, 45-session,
9    gender-specific, primary prevention course designed to
10    raise awareness of topics such as dating and domestic
11    violence, any systematic conduct that causes measurable
12    physical harm or emotional distress, sexual assault,
13    digital abuse, self-defense, and suicide.
14        (2) A representative of an interpersonal violence
15    prevention program within a State university.
16        (3) A representative of a statewide nonprofit,
17    nongovernmental, domestic violence organization.
18        (4) A representative of a different nonprofit,
19    nongovernmental domestic violence organization that is
20    located in a municipality with a population of 2,000,000 or
21    more.
22        (5) A representative of a statewide nonprofit,
23    nongovernmental, sexual assault organization.
24        (6) A representative of a different nonprofit,
25    nongovernmental, sexual assault organization based in a
26    county with a population of 3,000,000 or more.



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



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



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1    preventing domestic violence may yield better results than
2    programs aimed at treating the victims of domestic
3    violence, because treatment programs may reduce the
4    likelihood that a particular woman will be re-victimized,
5    but might not otherwise reduce the overall amount of
6    domestic violence.
7        (8) Recognize that uniform, effective, feasible, and
8    widespread prevention of sexual violence and intimate
9    partner violence is a high priority in this State.
10        (9) Recognize that the Step Back Program at Oak Park
11    and River Forest High School in Cook County, Illinois, is a
12    daily, 6 to 9 week, 45-session, gender-specific, primary
13    prevention course for high school students designed to
14    raise awareness of topics, including dating and domestic
15    violence, bullying and harassment, sexual assault, digital
16    abuse, self-defense, and suicide. The Step Back Program is
17    co-facilitated by the high school and a nonprofit,
18    nongovernmental domestic violence prevention specialist
19    and service provider.
20        (10) Develop a statewide effective prevention course
21    for high school students based on the Step Back Program for
22    boys and girls designed to prevent interpersonal,
23    adolescent violence.
24    (e) Members of the Eradicate Domestic Violence Task Force
25shall receive no compensation for their participation, but may
26be reimbursed by the State Board of Education for expenses in



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1connection with their participation, including travel, if
2funds are available.
3    (f) Nothing in this Section or in the prevention course is
4intended to infringe upon any right to exercise free expression
5or the free exercise of religion or religiously based views
6protected under the First Amendment to the United States
7Constitution or under Section 3 or 4 of Article 1 of the
8Illinois Constitution.
9    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
10becoming law.