Jenna's Law is named after survivor, Jenna Quinn. In 2007, Jenna reached out to Texas legislators about the need for schools to adopt age-appropriate curriculum requiring students and teachers to learn about child sexual abuse prevention. Texas Representative Tan Parker asked to honor Jenna's name and championed what is now known as Jenna’s Law.
May of 2009, Jenna’s Law passed the state senate unanimously making it the first child sexual abuse prevention requirement in the U.S named after a survivor mandating K-12 sexual abuse prevention for:
2) school staff
This education is required and each independent school district chooses their method of implementation. Schools are also required to maintain records of staff that participated in the training.
Moreover, Jenna’s Law was amended and expanded to include other forms of abuse and require other child serving agencies to educate.
Additional institutions such as childcare centers, foster care centers, child placing agencies, and universities are now included.
It also required accountability of the law through the Texas Education Code 38.0041. Again, in 2017 Jenna’s Law was recently amended to include sex trafficking prevention for students and teachers in schools.
Since Jenna’s Law passed in 2009, she has worked with over 26 states to implement prevention education policies. Now, over half the country has followed suit, adopting legislation reflecting the principals of Jenna's Law.
In 2019, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (TX) and U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (NH) filed The Jenna Quinn Law federally.
Jenna's Law is model legislation from 2009. Read the original language!
The first state to model legislation after Jenna's Law in 2009 was the state of Illinois in 2010 and 2011 with SB 2843.
Shortly after Jenna's Law passed, she received a phone call from another survivor in Illinois named Erin Merryn. She admired Jenna's Law and asked Jenna to send her a copy of the law. After Jenna sent the language, she copied Jenna's Law, almost word for word. State representative Tan Parker and Jenna were delighted to see another state modeling legislation after their work in Texas.
However, this Illinois survivor is now spreading false information, claiming her bill (copied directly from Jenna's Law) was the first in the U.S to mandate child sexual abuse prevention. She's also claiming that Texas is the 31st state to pass this requirement, which is irrefutably false. The above information and timelines are fact and any information that Erin has put out to the contrary is false.
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