- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 11, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Several Utah senators publicly shared stories of abuse or assault they experienced as children during debate Tuesday over a bill to teach sexual abuse awareness in schools.

Sen. Aaron Osmond announced on the Senate floor he was abused as a child by someone who was not a relative.

Sen. Daniel Thatcher then recounted a story of an attack he experienced as a child, while Sen. Todd Weiler told of an inappropriate situation from his childhood with an adult he believes was preparing to victimize children.

The three Republican senators say the proposed awareness program could help children learn to speak out against and prevent abuse.

Critics of the bill argue it infringes on the rights of parents.

The Senate voted 20-8 Tuesday to advance the bill for a final vote in that chamber.

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