Date of Award

Spring 5-15-2020

Degree Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name

Master of Public Health (MPH)

Department

Public Health

First Advisor

Emily Graybill, PhD, NCSP

Second Advisor

Angie Boy, DrPH

Third Advisor

Julia Neighbors, JD

Fourth Advisor

Naeshia McDowell, MPH

Abstract

Georgia is the 35th state to pass a version of Erin’s Law, a law that requires all public schools to implement a prevention-oriented child sexual abuse program that is directed at students, school personnel, parents, and guardians. Critical components of Erin’s Law were used to revise Georgia’s Quality Basic Education Act (Code Section 20-2-143), which relates to student sex education and AIDS prevention instruction. Currently, the most comprehensive tool educators have available to them to implement this law is the Georgia Child Sexual Abuse Technical Assistance Resource Guide (TARG), which was published by the Georgia Statewide Human Trafficking Task Force Workgroup titled Youth Aware and Safe. Through this capstone project, the TARG was evaluated. The purpose of this evaluation was two-fold: (1) to provide the Human Trafficking Task Force with recommendations to update the TARG and (2) to provide best practices for the implementation of Georgia’s sexual abuse mandate related to providing annual, age-appropriate sexual abuse and assault awareness and prevention education to students in kindergarten through grades 9.

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