Erin’s Law was passed in 2011 and requires all public schools to implement age-appropriate, prevention-oriented sexual abuse and assault awareness and prevention education for students in early childhood through 12th grades. All District 122 employees are state-mandated reporters and are required to report allegations of abuse and/or neglect to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS).
Parents can help students recognize and respond to unsafe situations. Parents should be available and children should know that no topic is “off limits” for discussion with parents. Additionally, parents should:
Talk to children about touching safety, private areas, and secrets
Empower children to say “no”, even to non-sexual touches if it makes the child uncomfortable
Be aware of who their child is spending time with
Monitor their child’s use of technology, as well as watch and listen to children’s behavior while on devices.
If you do not want your student to participate in age-appropriate, prevention-oriented sexual abuse and assault awareness and prevention education, please contact your student's school.
Be aware of warning signs of abuse:
Sudden nightmares or sleep problems
Mood swings: rage, fear, withdrawal
Changes in eating habits, such as loss of appetite
New or unusual fears or specific people or places
Changes in school performance or attendance
Suddenly has money, toys or gifts without reason
Reference to self as dirty, repulsive, or bad
Lack of personal care or hygiene
Inappropriate sexual behaviors
Parents can learn more about sexual abuse and how to support your child through the ISBE resource guide, Faith’s Law: Sexual Abuse Response and Prevention, or through the resources linked below.
6:60-AP1, E1 - Notice to Parents/Guardians of Sexual Abuse and Assault Awareness and Prevention Education
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