JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) – When it comes to sexual abuse and children, Mississippi lawmakers will soon be making a decision on how to combat the problem. It’s known as “Erin’s Law,” and has already been adopted in a handful of other states.
Now, Democratic representative Tom Miles says it’s time for Mississippi to take action.
“One out of four girls and one out of six boys are sexually abused before the fifth grade and ninety percent of those are cause by people they know,” said Miles.
The bill is set to put age appropriate education in public schools. It’ll teach young children about what sexual abuse is and who to report it to. It’ll also designate one person in each school children should go to when sexual abuse happens.