Sen. Mitchell to address landmark education bill

at L.A. press conference on Thursday, Oct. 16

California Against Slavery will hold a press conference at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 16 to celebrate a landmark education bill authored by Senators Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, and Marty Block, D-San Diego, that will expedite sex trafficking and sexual-abuse-prevention education to California’s nearly 3 million middle- and high-school students.

President Obama’s “It’s On Us” campaign in September called for a national dialog about sexual assault on college campuses. Unfortunately, one in four girls and one in six boys are sexually assaulted before they turn 18 years old (prior to college). The average age of entry into sex trafficking is 12 to 14 years old. Education has to happen way before college!

SB 1165, signed into law by Gov. Brown recently, will teach kids about healthy relationships while still in their adolescence.

The prevention education will focus on helping students recognize sexual abuse, assault, and sex trafficking, learn about risk factors and prevention strategies, understand how to report suspected incidents and identify local resources for victims. Students will also learn about healthy boundaries in relationships, the influence of media, and state and federal laws about sexual abuse and trafficking.


In addition to comments from Sen. Mitchell, Daphne Phung, executive director of California Against Slavery, trafficking survivors, and representatives from the California Teachers Association and the Los Angeles School for Enrichment Studies Amnesty International club will also speak.

WHAT: A press conference to recognize the impact of Senate Bill 1165.

WHO: Scheduled to speak are Sen. Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, Daphne Phung, executive director, California Against Slavery, Shereen Walter, VP for advocacy, 4th District, California Teachers Association, and Harold Boger, LACES principal.

WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 16, 10:30 a.m.

WHERE: Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies (LACES), 5931 W. 18th St., Los Angeles, CA 90035.

PARKING: Available directly in front of the school and along W. 18th Street.


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