2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
October 9, 2017 - Introduced by Senators Petrowski, Carpenter, Johnson,
Ringhand, L. Taylor and Wanggaard, cosponsored by Representatives Spiros,
Horlacher, Sargent, Anderson, Ballweg, Berceau, Billings, E. Brooks,
Brostoff, Crowley, Milroy, Mursau, Ohnstad, Petryk, Pope, Quinn, Ripp,
Skowronski, Spreitzer, Stafsholt, Subeck, C. Taylor and Zepnick. Referred
to Committee on Education.
1An Act to create
115.28 (44), 118.018 and 121.02 (1) (L) 1m. of the statutes; 2relating to: requiring sexual abuse prevention education.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill requires the Department of Public Instruction to develop, by the
beginning of the 2018-19 school year, a child sexual abuse prevention policy and
instructional program to be provided to pupils in grades kindergarten through grade
six. DPI must include in the program an age-appropriate curriculum to provide
pupils with the knowledge and tools to escape from a sexual abuse situation and
communicate incidents of sexual abuse. Each school board must adopt and
administer either DPI's program or its own policy or program beginning in the
2018-19 school year.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
115.28 (44) of the statutes is created to read:
115.28 (44) Model policy on child sexual abuse prevention education.
By the beginning of the 2018-19 school year, prepare, adopt, and make available to 6
each school district a policy governing child sexual abuse prevention and develop an
instructional program appropriate for pupils in kindergarten through grade 6. The 2
state superintendent shall incorporate the instructional program into its model 3
health problems education curriculum.
(b) Develop, in consultation with the department of children and families, a 5
parental involvement component to be incorporated into the child sexual abuse 6
prevention education instructional program.
118.018 of the statutes is created to read:
8118.018 Sexual abuse prevention education. (1)
Beginning in the 9
2018-19 school year, each school board shall provide a child sexual abuse prevention 10
instructional program to pupils in kindergarten through grade 6. The school board 11
shall either adopt and administer the policy and instructional program under s. 12
115.28 (44), or develop and administer its own child sexual abuse prevention 13
The school board shall include all of the following in the instructional 15
program under sub. (1):
(a) Developmentally appropriate, culturally sensitive, and evidence-based 17
instruction for each grade level.
(b) Age-appropriate curriculum that includes role-playing, discussion, 19
activities, and books to educate students regarding child sexual abuse prevention.
(c) Instruction providing students with the knowledge and tools to 21
communicate incidents of sexual abuse.
(d) Instruction on how to distinguish between a safe touch and an unsafe touch 23
and between safe secrets and unsafe secrets.
(e) Instruction on how to escape from and report a sexual abuse situation.
(f) Techniques to recognize child sexual abuse, skills to reduce vulnerability, 2
and encouragement to report child sexual abuse.
As part of the instructional program, the school board shall provide parents 4
with information about child sexual abuse topics, including how to identify 5
characteristics and behaviors of offenders, warning signs of child sexual abuse, and 6
how to discuss child sexual abuse prevention with children.
121.02 (1) (L) 1m. of the statutes is created to read:
(L) 1m. Beginning in the 2018-19 school year, annually provide a 9
child sexual abuse prevention instructional program for pupils in kindergarten 10
through grade 6. The school board shall provide a sequential instructional program 11
and shall provide at least one instructional session in each grade.