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Earl Bradley Victim Speaks Out About Sexual Abuse Education Bill

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Hitchens tells WBOC's Lindsay Tuchman about her mission (Photo: WBOC) Hitchens tells WBOC's Lindsay Tuchman about her mission (Photo: WBOC)
Former Delaware pediatrician and convicted pedophile Earl Bradley. Former Delaware pediatrician and convicted pedophile Earl Bradley.

LEWES, Del.- Miss Georgetown and former Earl Bradley victim Jenna Hitchens is promoting a bill currently under considering in Delaware that would require public schools to teach children about sexual abuse.

Delaware Senate Bill 213 is in the Senate Education Committee and has bipartisan support.

The infamous Earl Bradley was a former pediatrician in Lewes found guilty in 2010 of molesting and raping hundreds of young children and is now serving life in prison. 

Hitchens was one of his patients, and suffered 10 years of abuse before speaking out. Now, she has made supporting this bill and promoting sexual abuse education her pageant platform

"I wanted kids to know what was good touch, what was bad touch," she said. "And that also that it wasn't always a stranger, because we're taught to trust doctors and we're taught to trust family members, and unfortunately 80 percent of the time it's not a stranger so I wanted kids to know that it's OK to talk about it."

The bill would require schools to develop a curriculum around age appropriate techniques for teaching young children when they need to speak out.

"I know what I went through, and I know what it's like to be a victim," Hitchens said. "I know the panic attacks, I know the anxiety and I want to let others know that they're not alone because when you're going through this then you feel that you're alone and by speaking out then hopefully they know they're not alone."

The bill is also called Erin's Law, named after another sexual abuse victim, Erin Merryn, who is trying to pass the law in all 50 states; it currently has passed in 26.

Another aim is to help teachers recognize warning signs.

"When I went through the abuse, I didn't talk about it for a while but I showed a lot of signs," Hitchens added. "I used to wear my belt really tight and they couldn't figure out what was wrong, so teachers could tell something was wrong but they didn't know what it was."

Sponsors of the bill said they have yet to hear any negative feedback, the only roadblocks they said could happened are when it comes to the Department of Education altering curriculum.


 

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