New Bill Could Help Prevent Crimes Against Children

A House of Delegates subcommittee yesterday supported a measure that would give children the tools they need to recognize threats and to resist sexual predators. The bill proposes eight hours of training, delivered in the course of a school year. The legislation gives school divisions the option to choose to teach the lessons during physical education classes, Committee members also recommended that the House Appropriations Committee look at provision for paying for the program. Funding for schools teaching the course would be provided from a $5 fee added to fines paid by people convicted of offenses prosecuted by the state’s Internet Crimes Against Children task forces.

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