Erin Merryn

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Advocate Says CPS May Not Be Teaching Kids Sexual Abuse Prevention

An Elgin woman who was the force behind Erin’s Law, mandating that all schools in the state teach sexual abuse prevention, says she’s concerned that the largest school district in the state may not be complying with the law.

05/18/2015

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