State law addresses violence prevention
Texas Administrative Code Title 19 RULE §115.5 Health Education Grade 3
(2) Health behaviors. The student recognizes and performs behaviors that reduce health risks throughout the life span. The student is expected to:
- (C) identify reasons for avoiding violence, gangs, weapons and drugs
Texas Administrative Code Title 19 RULE §115.6 Health Education Grade 4
(4) Health behaviors. The student understands and engages in behaviors that reduce health risks throughout the life span. The student is expected to:
- (F) identify strategies for avoiding deliberate and accidental injuries such as gang violence and accidents at school and home; and
- (G) identify types of abuse such as physical, emotional, and sexual and know ways to seek help from a parent and/or trusted adult.
Texas Education Code Sec. 28.017. INSTRUCTION ON PREVENTION OF SEXUAL ABUSE AND SEX TRAFFICKING
(a) The commissioner, in cooperation with the human trafficking prevention task force created under Section 402.035, Government Code, and any other persons the commissioner considers appropriate, shall develop one or more sexual abuse and sex trafficking instructional modules that a school district may use in the district's health curriculum. The modules may include:
(1) information on the different forms of sexual abuse and assault, sex trafficking, and risk factors for sex trafficking;
(2) the procedures for reporting sexual abuse and sex trafficking or suspected sexual abuse or sex trafficking;
(3) strategies for sexual abuse and assault prevention and overcoming peer pressure;
(4) information on establishing healthy boundaries for relationships, recognizing potentially abusive or harmful relationships, and avoiding high-risk activities;
(5) the recruiting tactics of sex traffickers and peer recruiters, including recruitment through the Internet;
(6) the legal aspects of sexual abuse and sex trafficking under state and federal law; and
(7) the influence of culture and mass media on perceptions of sexual abuse and sex trafficking, including stereotypes and myths about victims and abusers, victim blaming, and the role of language.
(b) The module or modules developed under Subsection (a) must emphasize compassion for victims of sexual abuse or sex trafficking and the creation of a positive reentry experience for survivors of sexual abuse or sex trafficking into schools.