OREGON passes Erin’s Law making it the 24th state. If only every state were as easy as Oregon! Oregon introduced Erin’s Law in February by Senator Knopp. 4 months is all it took for it to become law. I never had to testify in front of legislators only submit written testimony. it had majority support on both sides and the state board of education testified at hearing in support of it passing. Here is part of how the bill reads and it takes effect immediately.
Be It Enacted by the People of the State of Oregon:
SECTION 1. (1) Each school district board shall adopt a child sexual
abuse prevention instructional program for students in kindergarten through grade 12.
(2) School districts must include in the program:
(a) Developmentally appropriate, culturally sensitive and evidence- based instruction for each grade level;
(b) A minimum of four instructional sessions per school year, with each year’s instruction building on the previous year’s instruction;
(c) Age-appropriate curriculum including role-playing, discussion, activities and books to educate students regarding child sexual abuse prevention;
(d) Instruction providing students with the knowledge and tools to communicate incidents of sexual abuse;
(e) Instruction regarding “safe touch,” “unsafe touch,” “safe se- crets,” “unsafe secrets,” and how to escape and report a sexual abuse situation;
ALASKA legislators are you reading this? Oregon legislators care about their kids and made it happen in 4 months.
I am especially happy about Oregon because I have a 9 month old and 2 year old niece that live there.
Almost half the country has Erin’s law!!! So close!!!