What is Erin’s Law?

Erin’s Law is named after childhood sexual assault survivor, author, speaker and activist Erin Merryn, who is 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.

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 nationwide.

“Erin’s Law” requires that all public schools in each state implement a prevention-oriented child sexual abuse program which teaches:

  • 1

    Students in grades preK – 12th grade, age-appropriate techniques to recognize child sexual abuse and tell a trusted adult

  • 2

    School personnel all about child sexual abuse

  • 3

    Parents & guardians the warning signs of child sexual abuse, plus needed assistance, referral or resource information to support sexually abused children and their families

Already these state governments have passed Erin’s Law (in this order):

  1. Vermont (State Board of Education has been requiring this since 2009)
  2. Illinois
  3. Missouri
  4. Indiana
  5. Maine
  6. Michigan
  7. Arkansas
  8. Mississippi
  9. Nevada
  10. New Mexico
  11. Utah
  12. Tennessee
  13. New Hampshire
  14. Connecticut
  15. Louisiana
  16. South Carolina
  17. Pennsylvania
  18. Rhode Island
  19. California
  20. West Virginia
  21. Oklahoma
  22. Colorado
  23. Oregon
  24. Alabama
  25. Alaska
  26. Maryland
  27. Delaware
  28. North Dakota
  29. Montana
  30. Minnesota
  31. Texas

It is now pending in these additional states, with more to come:

  1. Massachusetts
  2. New York
  3. New Jersey
  4. North Carolina
  5. Georgia
  6. Florida
  7. Ohio
  8. Kentucky
  9. Iowa
  10. Kansas
  11. Nebraska
  12. South Dakota
  13. Washington
  14. Hawaii
  15. Arizona

Featured Videos

Testifying in Pennsylvania

September 18, 2012

Erin Talks with Oprah

October 2010