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Holmes measure for sexual harassment education becomes law

holmes 080618SPRINGFIELD – A measure sponsored by State Senator Linda Holmes (D-Aurora) requiring sex education instruction to include more in-depth discussion on sexual harassment became law today.

“We are still facing frequent reports of sexual misconduct on college campuses and in work places,” Holmes said. “The first step in stopping these egregious actions is to make sure students are educated on the differences between when is right and wrong.”

Previously, sex education courses were only required to teach students to not make unwanted sexual advances and how to say no to them. House Bill 5148 expands the education in grades 6 through 12 to include discussion about what is considered sexual consent and what may be regarded as sexual harassment or sexual assault. The law also calls for particular emphasis on sexual harassment in the workplace and on college campuses.

“By educating young people about sexual harassment, we can take a big step towards eliminating it entirely, and making schools and work places a safe environment for everyone,” Holmes said.

Sen. Linda Holmes

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42nd District

Years served:
2007 - Present

Committee assignments: Agriculture; Environment and Conservation; Labor; Local Government; Committee of the Whole; Commerce and Economic Development (Chairperson); Insurance.

Biography: Elected to the Senate in 2006; born March 16, 1959, in Chicago; received a bachelor's degree from the National College of Education (now National-Lewis University); First woman president of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry; Full-time state legislator.