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In October of 2003, an amendment to Section 166a (ß388.1766a) of the State School Aid Act, regarding sex education, went into effect. It states: That the sex education instruction includes information clearly informing pupils that having sex or sexual contact with an individual under the age of 16 is a crime punishable by imprisonment, and that 1 of the other results of being convicted of this crime is to be listed on the sex offender registry on the internet for at least 25 years. (p.3) Questions surround the implications of this law. Are schools even aware of the law’s existence? How has this change been communicated to schools? What are the expectations of how the material is presented? What are the most effective ways to communicate this type of information to students? Does this law have an effect on confidentiality issues? The researcher surveyed 200 Michigan school counselors to gather answers to some of these questions as one step in an effort to improve the health and well-being of Michigan students.

Recommended Citation

Reznich, S. (2007). Awareness of Requirement to Teach About Penalties of Underage Sex in Michigan Schools, Dimensions of Counseling, 34(1), 8-13. doi:10.22237/mijoc/1177977720





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