From left to right, Brian Hayduk, Tan Parker and Jenna Quinn speak to guests during the ChildrenÃs Advocacy Center for Denton County 20th Anniversary Celebration Breakfast at the UNT Gateway Center.
This year marks 20 years of the ChildrenÃs Advocacy Center for Denton County providing healing and justice to child abuse victims in our community. Hear from keynote speakers state Rep. Tan Parker, R-Flower Mound, and Jenna Quinn, author of "Pure in Heart: A Memoir of Overcoming Abuse and Passing JennaÃs Law."
Jenna will share her inspirational story of justice, perseverance and restoration. Parker will discuss the creation and impact of JennaÃs Law in Texas, which mandates that all public schools, charter schools, and day care facilities train school aged children K-12, staff and parents on the signs and symptoms of all forms of child abuse. It is the first child sexual abuse prevention and education law named after a survivor that passed in the United States.
Working with Quinn, Parker introduced Jenna's Law as HB 1041 in 2009. Jenna's Law passed the State House unanimously on May 7, 2009 and became effective on June 19, 2009.
Later, Parker and Quinn worked to expand and strengthen Jenna's Law with the passage of HB 1114. This amendment to Jenna's Law passed unanimously on May 3, 2011 and mandates that research-based training is used to train students, all staff and parents at all public schools, charter schools, day care centers, foster care centers, child placing agencies on all forms of abuse annually., Thursday, November 2, 2017, in Denton, Texas, Jeff Woo/DRC