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2011 - 2012 LEGISLATURE
March 13, 2012 - Introduced by Representatives E. Coggs and Young, cosponsored
by Senator Taylor. Referred to Committee on Education.
AB694,1,2 1An Act to create 118.0195 of the statutes; relating to: teen dating violence
2education.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill requires schools that elect to provide teen dating violence prevention
education to ensure that the instruction meets certain criteria, and requires the
Department of Public Instruction (DPI) to incorporate teen dating violence and
sexual violence curriculum into its model health curriculum. Specifically, the bill:
1. Authorizes a school district to provide teen dating violence prevention
education, consisting of age-appropriate instruction, as part of the health education
program it provides to pupils in grades 7 to 12.
2. Requires a school district that elects to offer teen dating violence prevention
education to include instruction and materials regarding teen dating violence and
sexual violence that include methods for doing all of the following:
a) Recognizing what constitutes a healthy relationship.
b) Identifying teen dating violence, abusive behavior, physical intimidation,
stalking, physical abuse, inappropriate sexual behavior, sexual harassment, sexual
violence, sexual assault, and Internet abuse and cyber bullying.
c) Locating sources for legal, medical, mental health, and other supportive
services regarding teen dating violence.
3. Requires a school district that elects to offer teen dating violence prevention
education to satisfy certain criteria. The information must be medically accurate
and objective, age appropriate, and available to English learners, encourage
communication with parents, and teach respect for marriage and committed
relationships.

4. Requires each school district that provides teen dating violence prevention
education to notify the parent or guardian of each pupil about instruction planned
for the coming year. The notice must inform the parent or guardian of all of the
following:
a) That educational materials are available for inspection.
b) Whether the prevention education will be taught by school personnel or by
outside consultants. If the instruction is by consultants, the notice must specify the
date of instruction, name of the organization of each speaker, and a statement of the
right of parents to request a copy of the statute.
c) An explanation of the right to request a copy of the statute.
d) That the parent may request in writing that his or her child not participate
in teen dating violence prevention education.
e) That upon written request to the school principal, a parent must be allowed
to examine the instructional materials at the school in which the child is enrolled.
5. Authorizes anonymous, voluntary, and confidential research and evaluation
tools to measure pupils' health behaviors and risks, including questionnaires and
surveys containing age-appropriate questions about the pupil's attitudes concerning
teen dating violence to be administered to any pupil in grades 7 to 12. The
questionnaire or survey may be given only if the parent is first notified in writing that
it is going to be administered and the pupil's parent is given the opportunity to review
the questionnaire or survey and to request in writing that his or her child not
participate.
6. Prohibits a pupil from attending any class in teen dating violence prevention
education, or participating in any questionnaire or survey, if the school has received
a written request from the pupil's parent excusing the pupil from participation. The
bill also prohibits a pupil from being subject to disciplinary action, academic penalty,
or other sanctions if the pupil's parent declines to permit the pupil to receive teen
dating violence prevention education or to participate in a questionnaire or survey.
The bill requires schools to provide an alternative educational activity for pupils who
are not participating in teen dating violence prevention education or the
questionnaire or survey.
7. Authorizes schools to use school district personnel or outside consultants
who are trained in the appropriate courses.
Finally, the bill requires DPI to incorporate teen dating violence and sexual
violence curriculum into the model health curriculum. The bill requires DPI to
consult with the Department of Health Services, the Attorney General, and domestic
violence and sexual assault prevention advocates for advice on the development of
grade-level concepts and content guidelines to be incorporated into the health
education program currently taught in grades 7 to12.
For further information see the state and local fiscal estimate, which will be
printed as an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
AB694, s. 1
1Section 1. 118.0195 of the statutes is created to read:
AB694,3,2 2118.0195 Teen dating violence education. (1) In this section:
AB694,3,33 (a) "Abuse of property" means damaging or destroying the property of another.
AB694,3,74 (ag) "Abusive behavior" means intimidation, threats, or harassment, whether
5direct, by electronic means, or through other persons, and includes the use of put
6downs; name calling; insults; offensive, sexually explicit, or homophobic language;
7screaming; or yelling.
AB694,3,88 (ar) "Child with a disability" has the meaning given in s. 115.76 (5).
AB694,3,119 (b) "Dating partner" means any person involved in an intimate relationship
10with another person primarily characterized by the expectation of affectionate
11involvement, whether casual, serious, or long-term.
AB694,3,1512 (c) "Healthy relationship" means an equal relationship free from abusive,
13violent, and controlling behavior in which each person respects the other's right to
14have his or her own opinions, friends, and activities, and each person can openly
15communicate with the other person.
AB694,3,1716 (d) "Inappropriate sexual behavior" means any unwanted sexual contact
17including touching, kissing, caressing, and rubbing.
AB694,3,2018 (e) "Internet abuse or cyber bullying" means abusive behavior using electronic
19means, including cell phone texting, electronic mail, Internet Web postings, blogs,
20or social networking sites.
AB694,3,2321 (g) "Obscene material" means sexually explicit notes, graffiti, drawings,
22photos, or any other material that is made to be or is otherwise presented in a
23sexually explicit nature.
AB694,4,3
1(h) "Physical abuse" means shaking, arm twisting, pushing, hitting, kicking,
2slapping, choking, hair pulling, physical intimidation, or any behavior that may
3result in injury.
AB694,4,64 (i) "Physical intimidation" means an attempt to frighten or coerce another
5person by restraining him or her, blocking his or her movements or exits, punching
6walls, or throwing things.
AB694,4,87 (j) "Sexual assault" means any offense specified s. 940.225, 948.02, 948.025, or
8948.09.
AB694,4,119 (k) "Sexual harassment" means any unwanted sexual attention, including
10catcalls, verbal or written comments about a person's body or sexual conduct, sexual
11gestures, or spreading sexual gossip or graffiti.
AB694,4,1512 (L) "Sexual violence" means sexual assault, sexual abuse, or sexual stalking of
13a minor child or teenager, including acts committed by perpetrators who are
14strangers to the victim and by perpetrators who are known by, or related by blood or
15marriage to, the victim.
AB694,4,1816 (m) "Stalking" means willfully and repeatedly following or harassing another
17person or making a threat with the intent to place that person in fear for his or her
18safety or the safety of his or her family.
AB694,4,2219 (n) "Teen dating violence" means a pattern of behavior in which a person uses
20abusive behavior, threats of physical abuse, or actual physical abuse, sexual abuse,
21or emotional abuse to control his or her current or former dating partner if one or both
22of the partners is a teenager.
AB694,4,2423 (p) "Written material" means notes, graffiti, drawings, photos, obscene
24material, or any other printed, electronic, or written expressions.
AB694,5,5
1(2) (a) A school board may provide teen dating violence prevention education
2consisting of age-appropriate instruction as part of the health education program it
3provides to pupils in grades 7 to 12. A school board may use school district personnel
4or outside consultants who are trained in the appropriate courses to provide this
5additional instruction.
AB694,5,86 (b) A school board that elects to offer teen dating violence prevention education
7under this section shall include instruction and materials regarding teen dating
8violence and sexual violence that include methods for all of the following:
AB694,5,99 1. Recognizing what constitutes a healthy relationship.
AB694,5,1210 2. Identifying teen dating violence, abusive behavior, physical intimidation,
11stalking, physical abuse, inappropriate sexual behavior, sexual harassment, sexual
12violence, sexual assault, and Internet abuse and cyber bullying.
AB694,5,1413 3. Locating sources for legal, medical, mental health, and other supportive
14services regarding teen dating violence.
AB694,5,1615 (c) A school board that elects to offer teen dating violence prevention education
16under this section shall satisfy all of the following criteria:
AB694,5,1717 1. Instruction and materials shall be age appropriate.
AB694,5,1818 2. All factual information presented shall be medically accurate and objective.
AB694,5,2019 3. Instruction shall be made available on an equal basis to a pupil who is an
20English learner.
AB694,5,2321 4. Instruction and materials shall be appropriate for use with pupils of all
22races, genders, sexual orientations, gender identities, and ethnic and cultural
23backgrounds and with children with disabilities.
AB694,6,3
15. Instruction and materials shall be accessible to children with disabilities,
2including the provision of a modified curriculum, materials, and instruction in
3alternative formats, and auxiliary aids.
AB694,6,64 6. Instruction and materials shall encourage a pupil to communicate with his
5or her parents or guardians about human sexuality, and should provide the skills to
6initiate those discussions.
AB694,6,87 7. Instruction and materials shall teach respect for marriage and committed
8relationships that are voluntary, healthy, and safe.
AB694,6,109 8. Instruction and materials shall teach pupils the skills to recognize and aspire
10to healthy, respectful relationships including all of the following:
AB694,6,1211 a. Communication skills that help pupils discuss and resolve conflicts within
12intimate relationships with respect and nonviolence.
AB694,6,1313 b. Critical thinking skills.
AB694,6,1414 c. Skills to negotiate with an intimate partner.
AB694,6,1615 d. Skills for pupils to recognize and understand their own individual
16boundaries, and recognize and respect the boundaries of others.
AB694,6,1717 9. Instruction and materials shall not teach or promote religious doctrine.
AB694,6,1918 10. Instruction and materials shall not reflect or promote bias against any
19person on the basis of any category protected under s. 118.13.
AB694,6,25 20(3) (a) At the beginning of each school term, or, for a pupil who enrolls in a school
21after the beginning of the school term, at the time of that pupil's enrollment, each
22school board that provides teen dating violence prevention education under this
23section shall notify the parent or guardian of each pupil about instruction in teen
24dating violence prevention education and research on pupil health behaviors and
25risks planned for the coming term. The notice shall do all of the following:
AB694,7,3
11. Advise the parent or guardian that written and audiovisual educational
2materials used in comprehensive teen dating violence prevention education are
3available for inspection.
AB694,7,124 2. Advise the parent or guardian whether the teen dating violence prevention
5education will be taught by school district personnel or by outside consultants. A
6school board may provide teen dating violence prevention education, to be taught by
7outside consultants, and may hold an assembly to deliver teen dating violence
8prevention education by guest speakers, but if it elects to provide teen dating
9violence prevention education in either of these manners, the notice shall include the
10date of the instruction, the name of the organization or affiliation of each guest
11speaker, and information stating the right of the parent or guardian to request a copy
12of this section.
AB694,7,1413 3. Include information explaining the parent's or guardian's right to request a
14copy of this section.
AB694,7,1615 4. Advise the parent or guardian that the parent or guardian may request in
16writing that his or her child not receive teen dating violence prevention education.
AB694,7,2017 (am) Upon written request to the school principal, a parent or guardian of a
18pupil less than 18 years of age, within a reasonable period of time after the request
19is made, may examine the teen dating violence education program instructional
20materials at the school in which his or her child is enrolled.
AB694,8,221 (b) Anonymous, voluntary, and confidential research and evaluation tools to
22measure pupils' health behaviors and risks, including questionnaires and surveys
23containing age-appropriate questions about the pupil's attitudes concerning teen
24dating violence, may be administered to any pupil in grades 7 to 12 if the parent or
25guardian is notified in writing that this questionnaire or survey is to be administered

1and the pupil's parent or guardian is given the opportunity to review the
2questionnaire or survey and to request in writing that his or her child not participate.
AB694,8,43 (c) The use of outside consultants or guest speakers as described in par. (a) 2.
4is within the discretion of the school board.
AB694,8,85 (d) A pupil may not attend any class in teen dating violence prevention
6education, or participate in any activities under par. (b) if the school has received a
7written request from the pupil's parent or guardian excusing the pupil from
8participation.
AB694,8,119 (e) A pupil may not be subject to disciplinary action, academic penalty, or other
10sanctions if the pupil's parent or guardian declines to permit the pupil to receive teen
11dating violence prevention education or to participate in any activities under par. (b).
AB694,8,1612 (f) During the administration of teen dating violence prevention education or
13a survey on pupil health behaviors and risks described in par. (b), an alternative
14educational activity shall be made available to pupils whose parents or guardians
15have requested that they not receive the instruction or participate in the
16questionnaire or survey.
AB694,8,18 17(4) (a) The department shall incorporate teen dating violence and sexual
18violence curriculum into its model health curriculum.
AB694,8,2519 (b) The department shall consult with the department of health services, the
20attorney general, and domestic violence and sexual assault prevention advocates for
21advice on the development of grade-level concepts and content guidelines to be
22incorporated into the health education program currently taught at secondary
23schools to pupils in grades 7 to 12. Materials produced under this paragraph shall
24focus on educating pupils regarding teen dating violence, sexual violence, and
25healthy relationships.
AB694,9,2
1(c) Teen dating violence and sexual violence education materials and
2instruction shall include all of the following:
AB694,9,33 1. Definitions of teen dating violence and sexual violence.
AB694,9,44 2. Skills for recognizing teen dating violence warning signs.
AB694,9,55 3. Characteristics of healthy relationships.
AB694,9,66 4. Relevant information about legal, medical, and mental health services.
AB694,9,77 (End)
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