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Public Act 102-0610


 

Public Act 0610 102ND GENERAL ASSEMBLY

  
  
  

 


 
Public Act 102-0610
 
HB3461 EnrolledLRB102 14613 CMG 19966 b

    AN ACT concerning education.
 
    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
 
    Section 5. The School Code is amended by changing Section
10-23.13 as follows:
 
    (105 ILCS 5/10-23.13)
    Sec. 10-23.13. Policies addressing sexual abuse.
    (a) In this Section:
    "Evidence-informed" refers to modalities that were created
utilizing components of evidence-based treatments or
curriculums.
    "Grooming" means conduct prohibited under Section 11-25 of
the Criminal Code of 2012.
    (b) To adopt and implement, by no later than July 1, 2022,
a policy addressing sexual abuse of children that shall may
include an age-appropriate and evidence-informed curriculum
for students in pre-K through 12th 5th grade;
evidence-informed training for school personnel on child
sexual abuse; evidence-informed educational information to
parents or guardians provided in the school handbook on the
warning signs of a child being abused, along with any needed
assistance, referral, or resource information; available
counseling and resources for students affected by sexual
abuse; and emotional and educational support for a child of
abuse to continue to be successful in school. A school
district shall include in its policy and all training
materials and instruction a definition of prohibited grooming
behaviors and boundary violations for school personnel and how
to report these behaviors.
    Any policy adopted under this Section shall may address
without limitation:
        (1) methods for increasing school personnel teacher,
    student, and parent awareness of issues regarding sexual
    abuse of children, including awareness and knowledge of
    likely warning signs indicating that a child may be a
    victim of sexual abuse, awareness and knowledge of
    grooming behaviors and how to report those behaviors,
    awareness of appropriate relationships between school
    personnel and students based on State law, and how to
    prevent child abuse from happening, including, but not
    limited to, methods outlined in State law regarding
    personal health and safety education for students;
        (1.5) evidence-informed training for school personnel
    on preventing, recognizing, reporting, and responding to
    child sexual abuse and grooming behavior, including when
    the grooming or abuse is committed by a member of the
    school community, with a discussion of the criminal
    statutes addressing sexual conduct between school
    personnel and students, professional conduct, and
    reporting requirements, including, but not limited to,
    training as outlined in Section 10-22.39 and Section 3-11;
        (2) options actions that a student child who is a
    victim of sexual abuse has should take to obtain
    assistance and intervention; and
        (3) available counseling options for students affected
    by sexual abuse; .
        (4) methods for educating school personnel, students,
    and staff on how to report child abuse to law enforcement
    authorities and to the Department of Children and Family
    Services and how to report grooming behaviors, including
    when the grooming or abuse is committed by a member of the
    school community; and
        (5) education and information about children's
    advocacy centers and sexual assault crisis centers and
    information about how to access a children's advocacy
    center or sexual assault crisis center serving the
    district.
    (c) A school district must provide training for school
personnel on child sexual abuse as described in paragraph
(1.5) of subsection (b) no later than January 31 of each year.
    (d) This Section may be referred to as Erin's Law.
(Source: P.A. 96-1524, eff. 2-14-11.)
 
    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
becoming law.

Effective Date: 8/27/2021