Research reveals 1 in 4 girls and 6 boys will be sexually assaulted before they turn 18 – 90 percent by someone the victim knows. Children are most vulnerable between the ages of 7 and 13.
Erin’s Law mandates that all public school districts implement a prevention-oriented child sexual abuse education program in which students, parents and staff are taught techniques for speaking out and reporting child sexual abuse.
Thus far, Erin’s Law has been passed in 27 states and introduced in 16 more.
It was named after childhood sexual assault survivor, author, speaker and activist Erin Merryn, who was sexually assaulted by her friend’s uncle and then her cousin, beginning when she was just six years old.
After Erin introduced the legislation in her home state of Illinois, the bill was named “Erin’s Law” after her by legislators and it has caught on and is protecting children nationwide.
Erin is the now the founder and President of Erin’s Law, which is registered with the State of Illinois and the IRS as a 501 (c)(4) non-profit social welfare organization.
Stand up for children and prevent child sexual abuse by helping Erin and Lillian Smith to ensure Erin’s Law is passed in the following 22 states.
It has been introduced and is now pending in these 17 states:
- New York
- New Jersey
- North Carolina
- South Dakota
Only seven states must still introduce Erin’s Law:
- North Dakota