Erin’s Law is named after Erin Merryn, who she was the force behind getting this law passed. Erin is the author of Stolen Innocence and Living for Today both memoirs about incest and rape. She was raped and molested for six and a half years by a neighbor and a family member. Erin began a crusade her senior year of high school in 2004 to end the silence and shame around sexual abuse.
Erin’s law is PA 97-1147 (HB6193) and it was effective 1/24/2013.
This Public Act amended Section 3 of the Critical Health Problems and Comprehensive Health Education Act. This Act requires the provision of age-appropriate prevention education in grades PrK-12. Previously, Public Act 960-1524 and 105 ILCS 110/3, effective 2/14/2011, only covered grades PrK-5.
Each School District must adopt and implement a policy addressing sexual abuse of children including, but not limited to:
- 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.
- Actions that a child who is a survivor of sexual abuse should take to obtain assistance and intervention.
- Available counseling options for students affected by sexual abuse.