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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A bill aimed at stopping more children from being sexually abused in South Carolina has advanced in the Senate.

The measure that advanced Thursday to the Senate Education Committee directs state education officials to develop age-appropriate lessons on sex abuse awareness and prevention.

Rep. Mandy Powers Norrell says the lessons would let children know it's OK to tell their teacher if they're being abused. The Lancaster Democrat says the hope is that abused children will report what's happening to them and get a chance at a normal life. She says children often think they can't tell an adult because the abuser is a family member or friend.

She stressed the bill has nothing to do with sex education, but rather abuse education.

The bill passed the House 99-1 last month.

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