Erin’s Law to mandate sexual abuse curriculum in Illinois public schools

EVANSTON IN (The Daily Northwestern) – Three years ago, Erin Merryn quit her job to try to pass a law that legislators told her no one would touch: child sexual assault.

Today, Erin’s Law has been passed in five states and is spreading quickly around the county.

Gov. Pat Quinn signed House Bill 6193, or Erin’s Law, on Jan. 24 mandating sexual abuse education and prevention curriculum in public schools statewide for students in pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade. The law, which is named after Merryn and inspired by her experiences, aims to teach children to avoid encounters that may lead to sexual abuse and to report any instances of abuse they’ve endured.



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