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Ohio House Proposes Bill For Sexual Abuse Education In Schools

Rep. Christina Hagan
Andy Chow
Ohio Public Radio
Rep. Christina Hagan

Lawmakers call it a silent epidemic as an alarming number of children are sexually abused but don’t feel safe enough to ask for help.

A bipartisan bill in the House would require sexual-abuse education so kids can learn the difference between good touch and bad touch and connect to resources if they feel they’re being abused. 

Republican Rep. Christina Hagan of Alliance says kids don’t speak out because they’re afraid of what their attackers might do.

"And instead of getting resources, they are continually being abused instead of having a safe place to be able to get out of this trauma,” Hagan said.

This is the second time Hagan has proposed the bill, which she says is about sexual-abuse education not sex education. She says the lessons would be age appropriate. Similar laws have been passed in 31 states.

Andy Chow is a general assignment state government reporter who focuses on environmental, energy, agriculture, and education-related issues. He started his journalism career as an associate producer with ABC 6/FOX 28 in Columbus before becoming a producer with WBNS 10TV.