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(LEGISLATIVE GAZETTE) ALBANY N.Y. – The Senate has passed legislation to combat the sexual exploitation of children by requiring that schools teach age-appropriate lessons on sex abuse prevention.

The bill (S.6182/A.8993) is sponsored by Sen. Jeffrey Klein, D-Morris Park, and Jeffrey Dinowitz, D-Bronx, and is in the Assembly Education Committee. The bill, also known as Erin Merryn’s Law, has become a law in Illinois, Indiana and Missouri and is awaiting the governor’s signature in Maine.

“We want children to know there are adults who will help them and we want these dangerous sexual predators to know that they can no longer use fear and ignorance to mask their repugnant actions,” said Klein.

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