New law requires curriculum on child sex abuse awareness

(AP) – State officials are mandating that child sexual abuse awareness and prevention be taught in schools.

Officials say Delaware is joining more than 25 other states that have enacted legislation requiring the study or development of curricula for educating teachers, students and parents about personal body safety and child sexual abuse awareness and prevention.

Legislation being signed Wednesday by Gov. Jack Markell requires Delaware public schools to implement a curriculum to educate employees and parents of children in pre-kindergarten through grade six about personal body safety and child sexual abuse.

The Child Protection Accountability Commission and Division of Family Services will work with the Department of Education to develop the curriculum.

The new law also provides for parental notification of the curriculum and requires school districts to report annually on implementation.

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