Prevent Child Sexual Abuse & Assault in MD. Pass HB72 in the Maryland State Senate.
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MARYLAND CITIZENS – Children need YOU to help protect them from sexual abuse and assault.
Tell the Maryland State Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee to vote YES on House Bill 72: Education - Sexual Abuse and Assault Awareness and Prevention Program. This act, already passed in the House 133-6, will require the State Board of Education, and certain nonpublic schools, to develop and implement programs relating to sexual abuse and assault awareness and prevention programs in public and nonpublic schools in the State. You can read the bill here http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/2016RS/bills/hb/hb0072F.pdf
In December 2015, Congress passed and the President approved the "Every Child Achieves Act,” bipartisan legislation which permits states to use existing federal funding for child sexual abuse prevention.
Similar measures called "Erin’s Law" have been passed in 26 other states and are being deliberated in at least 15 other states currently. You can learn more at http://www.erinmerryn.net/
Erin Merryn, the national child sexual abuse education advocate and survivor behind “Erin’s Law,” uses a perfect analogy of how education in schools works to protect children. Merryn states, “The same way we would want a child to escape a burning building and say no to drugs, we want to teach school children how to say no to a sexual predator and escape further harm, or tell immediately after something happens instead of staying silent out of fear.”
Testimony in support of House Bill 72 was heard by the Maryland House of Delegates Ways & Means Committee on Thursday, February 4, 2016. Thank you to Delegates Luedtke, Ebersole, Hixson, Washington, and Kaiser for sponsoring the bill. It is due to be heard by the Maryland Senate on Wednesday, March 23, 2016.
Representatives from Baltimore Child Abuse Center, Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault, the Archdiocese of Baltimore, and survivors of sexual abuse and assault testified in Annapolis with Erin Merryn in support of House Bill 72. Watch WBAL’s coverage of the hearing here: http://www.wbaltv.com/politics/bill-would-require-sex-abuse-prevention-courses-in-maryland-schools/37822866
An estimated 42 million survivors of childhood sexual assault exist in America today. Maryland needs to stand up for its children so that we can protect them from this pervasive crime of secrecy. An educated child is a healthy, protected child.
We are calling on our elected officials in the Maryland State Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee to recognize that this important sexual abuse and assault education to be taught in schools is vital to keeping children safe by voting in favor of House Bill 72. Sign this petition to help inform your State Senator that you care about protecting children.
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