|Passed by the House March 4, 2013|
Speaker of the House of Representatives
Passed by the Senate April 16, 2013
President of the Senate
I, Barbara Baker, Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives of the State of Washington, do hereby certify that the attached is SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL 1397 as passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate on the dates hereon set forth.
|Approved May 1, 2013, 1:34 p.m.|
Governor of the State of Washington
May 1, 2013
Secretary of State
State of Washington
|State of Washington||63rd Legislature||2013 Regular Session|
READ FIRST TIME 02/22/13.
AN ACT Relating to adding a requirement to sexual health education to include legal elements of and consequences of conviction for sexual offenses where a minor is the victim; and amending RCW 28A.300.145.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
Sec. 1 RCW 28A.300.145 and 2006 c 135 s 2 are each amended to
read as follows:
(1) The Washington coalition of sexual assault programs, in consultation with the Washington association of sheriffs and police chiefs, the Washington association of prosecuting attorneys, and the office of the superintendent of public instruction, shall develop educational materials to be made available throughout the state to inform parents, students, school districts, and other interested community members about:
(1))) (a) The laws related to sex offenses, including the legal
elements of sexual offenses under chapter 9A.44 RCW where a minor is a
victim, the consequences upon conviction, and sex offender
registration, community notification(( [,])), and the classification of
sex offenders based on an assessment of the risk of reoffending;
(2))) (b) How to recognize behaviors characteristic of sex
offenses and sex offenders;
(3))) (c) How to prevent victimization, particularly that of
(4))) (d) How to take advantage of community resources for
victims of sexual assault; and
(5))) (e) Other information as deemed appropriate.
(2) By September 1, 2014, and biennially thereafter, the Washington coalition of sexual assault programs, in consultation with the Washington association of sheriffs and police chiefs, the Washington association of prosecuting attorneys, and the office of the superintendent of public instruction, shall review and update the educational materials developed under subsection (1) of this section to assure that they remain current and accurate, and are age-appropriate for a variety of ages.
(3) Every public school that offers sexual health education must assure that sexual health education complies with existing requirements in the January 2005 guidelines for sexual health information and disease prevention developed by the department of health and the superintendent of public instruction. Specifically, sexual health education must attempt to achieve the objective "take responsibility for and understand the consequences of their own behavior" and the objective "avoid exploitive or manipulative relationships." To do this, sexual health education programs should include age-appropriate information about the legal elements of sexual offenses under chapter 9A.44 RCW where a minor is a victim and the consequences upon conviction, as well as the other information required to be included in informational materials prepared pursuant to subsection (1) of this section. Public schools that offer sexual health education are encouraged to incorporate the materials developed under subsection (1) of this section into the curriculum.