A proposal to require all schools in Illinois to teach students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade about sexual assault and abuse has passed the Illinois House. Knowing the subject matter can be delicate, the lawmakers put the onus on schools to come up with the curriculum to ensure it is age appropriate.
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State Rep. Jerry Mitchell (R-Sterling) sponsored the bill and says expanding school sex education programs to include sexual assault and abuse prevention is long overdue. “This is an issue that has been the elephant in the room in primary classrooms forever,” Mitchell said. Currently only high schools are required to teach students about sexual assault and abuse prevention. The bill passed the House on an overwhelming margin and now heads to the Illinois Senate.