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Erin Merryn

Gov. Pat Quinn (left) stands with Erin Merryn (right), who was abused by a neighbor and by a cousin, and has been campaigning for years for states to adopt "Erin's Law," requiring schools to have age-appropriate sexual assault and abuse prevention and awareness programs. Quinn signed Illinois' version of Erin's Law on Jan. 24, 2013, to take effect next school year. (Credit: CBS)

Quinn Signs Law To Educate Students About Abuse

Erin Merryn is convinced she would have spoken out much earlier if she had been taught at a young age about the threat of sexual abuse. Instead, she endured abuse at the hands of a neighbor and older cousin for years before seeking help.

01/24/2013