INDIANAPOLIS– A proposal co-authored by State Senator Frank Mrvan (D-Hammond) that would assist victims of child abuse was approved by the House Education Committee unanimously today.
Senate Bill (SB) 355 would require the Indiana Department of Education to make model educational materials and response policies concerning child abuse and sexual abuse available to schools for grades K-12. Currently, these materials are only required to be provided in grades 2 through 5.
“The testimony we heard in the Senate was heart-wrenching and stressed the importance of this issue so I am happy to see this proposal advancing through the House,” Sen. Mrvan said. “This measure is an extremely important policy because it provides protections and resources for Hoosier children who may not have access to those resources elsewhere.”
The proposal moved out of the Senate unanimously during the first half of session and after passing out of the House Education Committee now moves to the full House of Representatives for further consideration.
Mrvan represents Indiana Senate District 1 which includes portions of Lake County. District 1 communities include Hammond, Munster, Highland, Dyer, Schererville and Griffith as well as two precincts in Crown Point. For more information on Sen. Mrvan his legislative agenda or other State Senate business call 1-800-382-9467 or visit www.IN.gov/S1.