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Full Text of HB3461  102nd 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 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, "evidence-informed" refers to
9modalities that were created utilizing components of
10evidence-based treatments or curriculums.
11    (b) To adopt and implement, by no later than July 1, 2022,
12a policy addressing sexual abuse of children that shall may
13include an age-appropriate and evidence-informed curriculum
14for students in pre-K through 12th 5th grade;
15evidence-informed training for school personnel on child
16sexual abuse; evidence-informed educational information to
17parents or guardians provided in the school handbook on the
18warning signs of a child being abused, along with any needed
19assistance, referral, or resource information; available
20counseling and resources for students affected by sexual
21abuse; and emotional and educational support for a child of
22abuse to continue to be successful in school. A school
23district shall include in its policy and all training



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1materials and instruction a definition of prohibited grooming
2behaviors and boundary violations for school personnel and how
3to report these behaviors.
4    Any policy adopted under this Section shall may address
5without limitation:
6        (1) methods for increasing school personnel teacher,
7    student, and parent awareness of issues regarding sexual
8    abuse of children, including awareness and knowledge of
9    likely warning signs indicating that a child may be a
10    victim of sexual abuse, awareness and knowledge of
11    grooming behaviors and how to report those behaviors,
12    awareness of appropriate relationships between school
13    personnel and students based on State law, and how to
14    prevent child abuse from happening, including, but not
15    limited to, methods outlined in State law regarding
16    personal health and safety education for students;
17        (1.5) evidence-informed training for school personnel
18    on preventing, recognizing, reporting, and responding to
19    child sexual abuse and grooming behavior, including when
20    the grooming or abuse is committed by a member of the
21    school community, with a discussion of the criminal
22    statutes addressing sexual conduct between school
23    personnel and students, professional conduct, and
24    reporting requirements, including, but not limited to,
25    training as outlined in Section 10-22.39 and Section 3-11;
26        (2) options actions that a student child who is a



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1    victim of sexual abuse has should take to obtain
2    assistance and intervention; and
3        (3) available counseling options for students affected
4    by sexual abuse; .
5        (4) methods for educating school personnel, students,
6    and staff on how to report child abuse to law enforcement
7    authorities and to the Department of Children and Family
8    Services and how to report grooming behaviors, including
9    when the grooming or abuse is committed by a member of the
10    school community; and
11        (5) education and information about children's
12    advocacy centers and sexual assault crisis centers and
13    information about how to access a children's advocacy
14    center or sexual assault crisis center serving the
15    district.
16    (c) A school district must provide training for school
17personnel on child sexual abuse as described in paragraph
18(1.5) of subsection (b) no later than January 31 of each year.
19    (d) This Section may be referred to as Erin's Law.
20(Source: P.A. 96-1524, eff. 2-14-11.)
21    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
22becoming law.