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

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

Lancaster County State Representative Mandy Powers Norrell says the lessons would let youngsters know it's OK to tell their teacher if they're being abused. 

She says the hope is that abused children will report what's happening to them and get a chance at a normal life. 

She says kids often think they can't tell an adult because the abuser is a family member or friend.

The bill passed the House 99-to-1 last month.