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General Assembly

Amendment

 

February Session, 2018

LCO No. 5329

   
 

*SB0001705329SDO*

Offered by:

 

SEN. LARSON, 3rd Dist.

SEN. FLEXER, 29th Dist.

 

To: Subst. Senate Bill No. 17

File No. 267

Cal. No. 175

"AN ACT CONCERNING PROCEDURES RELATED TO COLLECTING AND PROCESSING SEXUAL ASSAULT EVIDENCE COLLECTION KITS."

In line 11, insert an opening bracket before "Sexual" and a closing bracket after "Inc." and after the closing bracket, insert "Alliance to End Sexual Violence"

In line 38, strike "(A)"

In line 41, strike ", and (B) require a health care facility that"

Strike lines 42 to 44, inclusive, in their entirety

In line 45, strike "such health care facility and consents to such contact"

In line 76, after "section" insert ", contact a sexual assault counselor, as defined in section 52-146k, when a person who identifies himself or herself as a victim of sexual assault arrives at such health care facility"

In line 104, after the period insert "The failure of any person to comply with this section or the protocol shall not affect the admissibility of the evidence in any suit, action or proceeding if the evidence is otherwise admissible."

After the last section, add the following and renumber sections and internal references accordingly:

"Sec. 501. Subsection (a) of section 17a-101q of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2018):

(a) Not later than July 1, 2016, the Department of Children and Families, in collaboration with the Department of Education and Connecticut [Sexual Assault Crisis Services, Inc.] Alliance to End Sexual Violence, or a similar entity, shall identify or develop a state-wide sexual abuse and assault awareness and prevention program for use by local and regional boards of education. Such program shall be implemented in each local and regional school district and shall include:

(1) For teachers, instructional modules that may include, but not be limited to, (A) training regarding the prevention and identification of, and response to, child sexual abuse and assault, and (B) resources to further student, teacher and parental awareness regarding child sexual abuse and assault and the prevention of such abuse and assault;

(2) For students, age-appropriate educational materials designed for children in grades kindergarten to twelve, inclusive, regarding child sexual abuse and assault awareness and prevention that may include, but not be limited to, (A) the skills to recognize (i) child sexual abuse and assault, (ii) boundary violations and unwanted forms of touching and contact, and (iii) ways offenders groom or desensitize victims, and (B) strategies to (i) promote disclosure, (ii) reduce self-blame, and (iii) mobilize bystanders; and

(3) A uniform child sexual abuse and assault response policy and reporting procedure that may include, but not be limited to, (A) actions that child victims of sexual abuse and assault may take to obtain assistance, (B) intervention and counseling options for child victims of sexual abuse and assault, (C) access to educational resources to enable child victims of sexual abuse and assault to succeed in school, and (D) uniform procedures for reporting instances of child sexual abuse and assault to school staff members.

Sec. 502. Subsection (a) of section 19a-112f of the 2018 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2018):

(a) There is established a Sexual Assault Forensic Examiners Advisory Committee consisting of the following: (1) The Chief Court Administrator, or the Chief Court Administrator's designee; (2) the Chief State's Attorney, or the Chief State's Attorney's designee; (3) the Commissioner of Public Health, or the commissioner's designee; (4) a representative from the Division of Scientific Services, appointed by the Commissioner of Emergency Services and Public Protection; (5) a representative from the Division of State Police appointed by the Commissioner of Emergency Services and Public Protection; (6) the Victim Advocate, or the Victim Advocate's designee; (7) the president of the Connecticut Hospital Association, or the president's designee; (8) the president of the Connecticut College of Emergency Physicians, or the president's designee; (9) one member from Connecticut [Sexual Assault Crisis Services, Inc.] Alliance to End Sexual Violence, appointed by its board of directors; (10) one member from the Connecticut Police Chiefs Association, appointed by the association; (11) one member from the Connecticut Emergency Nurses Association, appointed by the association; and (12) one member from the Connecticut Chapter of the International Association of Forensic Nurses, appointed by the association."

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Sec. 501

July 1, 2018

17a-101q(a)

Sec. 502

July 1, 2018

19a-112f(a)