assembly Bill A8993

2011-2012 Legislative Session

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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Jun 13, 2012 held for consideration in education
Jan 12, 2012 referred to education

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A8993 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
S6182
Current Committee:
Assembly Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง803-a, Ed L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2013-2014: A661, S2367
2015-2016: A90, S1947
2017-2018: A3953, S1953
2019-2020: A2577, S4070

A8993 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Enacts "Erin Merryn's law" to require provision of instruction to prevent child sexual exploitation and abuse in grades kindergarten through eight.

A8993 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  8993

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                            January 12, 2012
                               ___________

Introduced by M. of A. DINOWITZ -- read once and referred to the Commit-
  tee 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-
TION OR SEXUAL ABUSE of children. Such instruction shall be provided  by

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.