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Georgia Law

The sexual abuse of children is defined as and may include:

A person employing, using, persuading, inducing, enticing or coercing any minor who is not that person's spouse to engage in any sexual act

Sexual intercourse, including genital-genital, oral-genital, anal-genital, oral-anal or penetration of an object, whether between persons of the same or opposite sex

Lewd exhibition of the genitals or pubic area of any person

Physical contact in an act of apparent sexual stimulation or gratification with any person’s clothed or unclothed genitals, pubic area, or buttocks or with a female’s clothed or unclothed breasts

Penetration of vagina or rectum by any object except when done as part of a recognized medical procedure

Commercial sexual exploitation of children, including child pornography

Statutory Rape

(OGCA 16-6-3) is defined and may include:

Sexual intercourse with any person under the age of 16 years

A person 21+ years old convicted of statutory rape shall be imprisoned for a minimum of 10, up to 20 years

If the victim is at least 14 - 16 years of age and the person convicted is no more than 4 years older than the victim, such person shall be guilty of a misdemeanor

It does not matter if the victim or perpetrator is male or female

It does not matter if the perpetrator is unaware of the victim’s age

It does not matter if the sex is consensual

Erin's Law

Revision to Code 20-2-143, relating to sex education and AIDS pr0evention instruction requires:

Annual age-appropriate sexual abuse and assault awareness and prevention education K-9

In-service training programs on sexual abuse & assault awareness and prevention for professional personnel

Professional learning which may include participating in, or presenting at, in-service training on sexual abuse and assault awareness and prevention

For guidance on selecting a program, visit the GA Technical Assistance Resource Guide (TARG) which includes a list of programs that meets the criteria, identifies best practices, resources for the classroom, guidelines for implementation, and age-appropriate teaching suggestions : Georgia TARG

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