Provide Child Sex Abuse Education in Schools

Target: Mike DeWine, Governor of Ohio

Goal: Teach students about child sex abuse at school.

Child sex abuse education might be provided in Ohio schools, following the recent sex abuse cases in the Cincinnati area. Politician Scott Lipps says he decided to introduce the bill after finding out about the charges against a former Springboro gym teacher who’s accused of molesting 28 first graders. John Hopkins, the former teacher, is currently under house arrest after prosecutors say he was caught on a security camera molesting the children.

When it comes to educating children about sex abuse, Amelia Orr, the executive director of the Council on Child Abuse, says the earlier you teach your kids, the better. “We teach the kids: What does it look like? — so that they are aware of ‘What is child abuse?’ and ‘What does bullying look like?’ and ‘What do you do about it?’” she stated. It has been reported that Orr’s group visited more than 50 schools in 2018. “What you do for a kindergartner with regard to child abuse prevention is much different than what you would use with a high school student,” said Orr. “So the words we use, the materials we use, are geared toward the age we’re dealing with.”

The proposed bill would mandate schools have a program similar to what Orr and her educators teach. “I think it’s about time that we take our sex education and especially introduce this type of sex abuse prevention education into our schools’ curriculum and bring it into the 21st century. Especially because of what just happened or came to light in Springboro,” said Jessica Miranda, a lawmaker who claimed the measure is a common-sense law. Sign below to demand that this form of education be provided to students.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Governor DeWine,

Almost 30 first graders were reportedly molested by their teacher in Cincinnati. The apparent abuse might have been prevented if the students knew how to identify inappropriate behavior and report it accordingly.

A bill that has already been introduced three other times in the state legislature would greatly aid in reducing the number of such unfortunate instances. Providing child sex abuse education is absolutely necessary. Indiana already passed a similar law in 2015. I urge you to show your support for this crucial measure.

Sincerely,

[ Your Name Here ]

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