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"Erin's Law will give children a fighting chance, a voice, and the tools to help protect themselves. It should be passed in all 50 states. Common sense. It's as simple as that. "
Actress Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife)
The mission of Erin's law is to get education in all 50 states on the prevention of sexual abuse. Erin's Law empowers children with their voice instead of allowing sex offenders to silence them. Under Erin's Law every year schools are required to teach personal body safety in school.
Below are the states that have PASSED Erin's Law.
Governor Quinn Illinois signed the first version of Erin's Law creating task force February 14, 2011. In 2009 Texas passed a task force bill as well however did not mandate the law until 2017 making Illinois the 1st state to require personal body safety education.
Illinois Task force Feb 2011
Missouri July 14, 2011
Indiana April 11, 2012 (mandated version spring 2017 signed)
Maine in May 2012
Michigan January 2013
Illinois January 24, 2013
Arkansas April 2013
Mississippi April 2013
Nevada May 2013
New Mexico February 2014
Utah March 2014
Tennessee March 2014
New Hampshire April 2014
Connecticut May 2014
Louisiana June 2014
South Carolina June 2014
Rhode Island June 2014
Pennsylvania June 2014
California September 2014
West Virginia March 2015
Oklahoma April 2015
Colorado April 2015
Oregon June 2015
Alaska-June 2015 (25th state)
North Dakota 2017
Vermont was first state to require sexual abuse prevention education in schools since 2009.
Growing up in Illinois public schools every year I was eduated with my classmates on tornado drills, fire drills, bus drills, stranger danger, and learned the 8 ways to say "NO" to drugs in DARE.
As a child I never had to take cover because of a real tornado. I never had to stop, drop, and roll or run out of a burning building. I never had to evacuate a school bus due to an emergency, but I had the knowledge to know what to do if any of those situations happened. Where was the drill on how to escape a child molester? Where was the lesson plan on sexual abuse? I never learning about safe and unsafe touches or safe and unsafe secrets. I was not educated on, “How to Tell Today or How to Get Away.” I was never educated on, “My Body Belongs to Me.” When a grown man I knew lay on top of me at 6 1/2 years old and threaten to tie me to a bed if I did not lay still and be quiet as he raped me or when my teenage cousin locked me behind closed doors and warned me, "this is our little secret, no one will believe you, this will destroy our family" as he sexually abused me on a bed I stayed silent and lived in that silence alone. When I was raped and sexually abused as a child I did not know what to do. I was confused and scared. My body seemed to belong to the men that used and abused me. It was the message I was educated on.
It is my mission to pass Erin's Law in all 50 states and I won't let anything stop me. Children need a voice. As a society we are responsible to give them that voice.
Erin Merryn appeared on Oprah Oct 6, 2010
talking about Erin's Law.
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SB2843 Wednesday, April 28, 2010 10:16 PM From: This sender is DomainKeys verified"Sen. Tim Bivins" <firstname.lastname@example.org> Add sender to Contacts To: email@example.com The name of this law is Erin’s Law.
Each school district may adopt and implement a policy addressing sexual abuse of children that may include age-appropriate curriculum for students in pre-K through 5th grade; training for school personnel on child sexual abuse; educational information to parents or guardians provided in the school handbook on the of a child being abused, along with any needed assistance, referral, or resource information; available counseling and resources for students affected by sexual abuse; and emotional and educational support for a child of abuse to continue to be successful in school.
Any policy adopted may, but is not limited to, address the following:
(1) methods for increasing teacher, student, and parent awareness of issues regarding sexual abuse of children, including knowledge of likely warning signs indicating that a child may be a victim of sexual abuse:
(2) actions that a child who is a victim of sexual abuse should take to obtain assistance and intervention; and
(3) available counseling options for students affected by sexual abuse.
SECTION 2. The Task Force on the Prevention of Sexual Abuse of Children is created. The Task Force shall establish strategies for reducing child sexual abuse throughout Illinois.
The task force consists of nine members appointed as follows:
(1) five members appointed by the governor;
(2) one members appointed by the President of the Senate;
(3) one member appointed by the Minority Leader of the Senate;
(4) one member appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives;
(5) one member appointed by the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives;
Members of the task force must be individuals who are actively involved in the fields of the prevention of child abuse and neglect and . The appointment of members must reflect the geographic diversity of the state.
The task force shall elect a presiding officer by a majority vote of the membership of the task force. The task force shall meet at the call of the presiding officer.
The task force shall establish strategies for reducing child sexual abuse in Illinois. In establishing those strategies, the task force shall:
(1) gather information concerning child sexual abuse throughout the state;
(2) receive reports and testimony from individuals, state and local agencies, community-based organizations, and other public and private organizations;
(3) create goals for state policy that would prevent child sexual abuse; and
(4) submit a final report with its final strategic goals and plans to the Office of the Governor and the State Legislature by April 30, 2011.
The aforementioned strategic plan may include proposals for specific statutory changes and methods to foster cooperation among state agencies and between the state and local government.
The task force shall consult with employees of the Department of Children and Family Services, the Criminal Justice Information Agency, the Department of State Police, the and any other State agency or department as necessary to accomplish the task force's responsibilities under this Act.
Sen. Tim Bivins