A new law inspired by the efforts of a brave young Illinois woman and sponsored by Senator Tim Bivins will help raise the awareness of child sexual abuse.

Signed February 14 by the Governor, 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.

“A brave young woman named Erin Merryn, who was sexually abused as a child, has been working to increase teacher, student, and parent awareness about child sexual abuse,” Senator Bivins said. “She came to the Capitol in November to testify in support of this new law, which will provide information in age-appropriate formats and help children understand what is – and is not – appropriate behavior. I am proud to sponsor this law on behalf of Erin and all children in Illinois. We must stop the cycle of abuse."

(Erin Merryn is pictured at left).    

Sponsored in the House of Representatives by Representative Jerry Mitchell of Sterling, “Erin’s Law” was passed by unanimous votes of the Senate and the House in 2010." />

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