Measures to prevent sexual assault in schools moved forward in Trenton yesterday when the Assembly Education Committee unanimously passed a package of related bills.
The bills would require training on child abuse and sexual abuse for all teaching certification candidates, require sexual abuse against a child to be reported to law enforcement, establish a task force within the Department of Education on prevention of sexual abuse of children, and require certain training for Department of Education arbitrators.
Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt, who chairs the committee, said the bills were necessary given that, nationally, only 6 percent of children come forward to report sexual abuse in schools.
“We need to stop these predators,” Lampitt said. “Too many of them develop these relationships with our young people just purely as a friendship, then it moves on to maybe social media, then it moves on because they develop feelings for these children, and then they take it too far.”
The package of bills, which has already passed the Senate, goes to the full Assembly for a vote.
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