Illinois lawmakers have approved legislation inspired by the efforts of a brave young Illinois woman, and sponsored by Senator Tim Bivins to raise the awareness of child sexual abuse.

Senate Bill 2843 creates “Erin’s Law” in Illinois. It allows school boards to adopt and implement a policy addressing child sexual abuse and creates a Task Force on the Prevention of Sexual Abuse of Children.

Passed by unanimous votes of the Senate May 7 and by the House of Representatives November 18, the legislation required Senate approval of changes made by the House. Those changes were approved December 1.

The legislation now moves to the Governor’s desk and will become law with his signature. “Erin’s Law” is sponsored in the House by Representative Jerry Mitchell of Sterling. 

“Erin Merryn was sexually abused as a young child. She has travelled around the country giving speeches and appearing on a number of TV shows, to raise awareness about child sexual abuse. She came to the Capitol in November to testify on behalf of this legislation,” Senator Bivins said. “This brave young woman is an inspiration, and I am proud to sponsor this law on behalf of Erin and all children in Illinois.”" />

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