Child Exploitation Awareness to be Taught in Schools Under Gingrich Bill
: Rep. Mauree Gingrich (R-Lebanon) will hold a news conference on her legislation to make child exploitation awareness part of the health curriculum in Pennsylvania schools. Two victims of child sexual abuse, former Philadelphia Eagle Al Chesley, and Erin Merryn, who is on a nationwide campaign in support of legislation to promote child exploitation awareness, will speak on the necessity to educate children to avoid victimization. House Bill 2318 has broad bipartisan support in the House and among victim advocates, and will be the subject of a public hearing at the Capitol on Wednesday.
: Rep. Gingrich will be joined by Merryn and Chesley, Carolyn Dumaresq, deputy secretary of the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education in the Pennsylvania Department of Education, as well as a bipartisan group of lawmakers including Reps. Paul Clymer (R-Bucks) and James Roebuck (D-Philadelphia), the majority and minority chairmen of the House Education Committee.
: Wednesday, Sept. 19.
: 10 a.m.
: Capitol Media Center, Room 1, East Wing.
Media contact: Donna Pinkham, 717.260.6452, firstname.lastname@example.org