The Missouri State Senate and State House of Representatives will soon vote on a bill that focuses on teaching children about how to identify sexual abuse. The bill is called “Erin’s Law” and is named after Erin Merryn, a young woman who has recently been telling her story about being sexually abused by a relative and a figure with authority.
Erin’s Law would promote age appropriate programs in school that encourage increased student, teacher and parent awareness of sexual abuse and how to help victims.
According to the National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence, about 25% of girls and 17% of boys are sexually abused in America before they turn 18.
Merryn supports the bill because students are taught fire drills, tornado drills, and to avoid strangers. But children are not drilled on how it is good to tell people that someone they know sexually abused them.
The bill has bi-partisan support in Missouri.
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