|Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Apr 30, 2012||
referred to education
delivered to assembly
|Apr 25, 2012||
ordered to third reading cal.561
reported and committed to rules
|Jan 11, 2012||
referred to education
senate Bill S6182
Enacts "Erin Merryn's law" to require provision of instruction to prevent child sexual exploitation and abuse in grades kindergarten through eight
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Apr 30, 2012 - floor VoteS6182571floor57Aye1Nay0Absent3Excused0Abstained
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Floor Vote: Apr 30, 2012aye (57)
Apr 25, 2012 - Education committee VoteS6182171committee17Aye1Nay0Aye with Reservations0Absent0Excused0Abstained
Apr 25, 2012 - Rules committee VoteS6182211committee21Aye1Nay2Aye with Reservations0Absent1Excused0Abstained
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S6182 - Bill Details
- See Assembly Version of this Bill:
- Current Committee:
- Assembly Education
- Law Section:
- Education Law
- Laws Affected:
- Amd §803-a, Ed L
S6182 - Bill Texts
Enacts "Erin Merryn's law" to require provision of instruction to prevent child sexual exploitation and abuse in grades kindergarten through eight.
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TITLE OF BILL:
to amend the education law, in relation to enacting "Erin Merryn's law"
Enacts "Erin Merryn's Law" to require provision of instruction to
prevent child sexual exploitation and abuse in grades kindergarten
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1. Short title "Erin Merryn's law"
Section 2. Legislative findings and intent
Section 3. Amends section 803-a of the education law, as added by
chapter 658 of the laws of 1994 to add prevention of child sexual
abuse and exploitation to instruction students already
receive in the prevention of child abduction. The duties of the local
boards of education to select curricula and the commissioner to
provide technical assistance are unchanged.
Section 4. Effective date.
Section 803-a of the education law currently requires all public
school students in grades K-8 to receive instruction designed to
prevent child abduction. The law does not mandate how much time must
be allocated to the subject, or how frequently the instruction must
be given. It must, however, be given under the direct supervision of
a regular classroom teacher, even if outside speakers are used. This
requirement ensures the quality of the instruction and that the time
spent on these important lessons counts toward required classroom time.
Awareness of the epidemic of child sexual abuse has come a long way
since section 803-a was enacted in 1994 and quality school safety
programs are already evolving to teach children that abduction by
strangers is not the only, or the most common, danger they face. Like
other sex crimes, most child sexual abuse is committed by people who
know their victims. Trusted acquaintances are most often the
perpetrators, followed by family members and then strangers.
Updating the language of New York's education requirement to reflect
the current understanding of both the sources and warning signs of
child predation will help ensure that more children receive practical
and age-appropriate instruction that they can incorporate into their
As more and more abuse victims of all ages are coming forward to share
stories of horrifying abuses, we are regularly reminded of our sacred
obligation to prepare the next generation children to meet life's
major challenges. Despite greater openness about these crimes,
feelings of shame or stigma still keep many victims and witnesses
silent. Many young people suffering abuse or exploitation are still
unaware of when and from whom to seek help. Concerned parents may not
even know about the latest techniques being used by predators to meet
and groom their victims through electronic communications, the
internet and social media.
Expanding the required instruction under 803-a to encompass child sex
abuse and exploitation prevention will require the state education
department to make revisions to its technical advisories but it need
not require districts to devote any additional time or staffing
resources to student safety instruction. With our growing
understanding of the many dangers facing our children and the
lifelong injuries sexual abuse and exploitation can inflict, the cost
of not providing this vital safety information is simply too high.
None. This is new legislation in New York State.
Minimal. The state education department will continue to provide
technical assistance to school districts in their development of
This act shall take effect immediately, provided, however, that the
amendments to subdivision 1 of section 803-a of the education law,
made by section 3 of this act, shall take effect July 1, 2013.
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S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 6182 I N S E N A T E January 11, 2012 ___________ Introduced by Sens. KLEIN, VALESKY, SAVINO, CARLUCCI -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Education AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to enacting "Erin Merryn's law" THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Short title. This act shall be known and may be cited as "Erin Merryn's law". S 2. Legislative findings and intent. The legislature finds and declares that child sexual abuse, estimated to affect up to one in four girls and up to one in six boys, poses a grave threat to the health and safety of young people, and its damaging effects can last a lifetime. The legislature also finds and declares that child sexual exploita- tion, including the use of children in pornography and prostitution, and child abduction pose a similar threat to the health and safety of young people, and put child victims at grave risk of death or severe bodily harm. The legislature also finds and declares that the incidence of child sexual abuse, child sexual exploitation and child abduction can be reduced by raising awareness among young children of common dangers and warning signs, empowering children to better protect themselves from sexual predators, and teaching children how to obtain any necessary assistance or services. It is hereby declared to be the public policy and in the public inter- est of this state to establish a comprehensive program to provide an age-appropriate course of instruction in the prevention of child abduc- tion, child sexual exploitation and child sexual abuse. S 3. Section 803-a of the education law, as added by chapter 658 of the laws of 1994, is amended to read as follows: S 803-a. Courses of study in prevention of child abduction, CHILD SEXUAL EXPLOITATION AND CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE. 1. All pupils in grades [K-8] KINDERGARTEN THROUGH EIGHT in all public schools in the state shall receive instruction designed to prevent the abduction, EXPLOITA- EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD13693-02-2 S. 6182 2 TION OR SEXUAL ABUSE of children. Such instruction shall be provided by or under the direct supervision of regular classroom teachers, provided, however, that such instruction may be provided by any other agency, public or private. 2. The commissioner, shall provide technical assistance to assist in the development of curricula for such courses of study which shall be age appropriate and developed according to the needs and abilities of pupils at successive grade levels in order to provide awareness skills, information, self-confidence and support to aid in the prevention of child abduction, CHILD SEXUAL EXPLOITATION AND CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE. 3. For purposes of developing such courses of study, the board of education or trustees of every school district may establish local advi- sory councils or utilize the school-based shared decision making and planning committee established pursuant to regulations of the commis- sioner to make recommendations concerning the content and implementation of such courses. School districts may alternatively utilize courses of instruction developed by consortia of school district, boards of cooper- ative educational services, other school districts or any other agency, public or private. Such advisory councils shall consist of, but not be limited to, parents, school trustees and board members, appropriate school personnel, business and community representatives, and law enforcement personnel having experience in the prevention of child abduction, CHILD SEXUAL EXPLOITATION AND CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE. 4. The board of education or trustees of every school district shall provide appropriate training and curriculum materials for the regular teachers who provide such instruction. S 4. This act shall take effect immediately, provided, however, that the amendments to subdivision 1 of section 803-a of the education law, made by section three of this act, shall take effect July 1, 2013.
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