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New IL law requires schools to teach kids about sex abuse

There’s a new law in Illinois that’s designed to protect kids from sexual abuse and assault.

Governor Quinn signed a bill on Thursday that will require schools to teach children about sexual abuse and assault. The new curriculum will impact classrooms in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade.

It is known as “Erin’s Law,” and it is named after Erin Merryn. She was a sexual abuse victim, and testified four times at the State Capitol on behalf of the legislation. It took lawmakers three years to pass the measure.

“I was threatened and told by a neighbor, as he raped and sexually abused me as a six, seven, and eight year-old, nobody will believe me, this is our little secret. If you tell anybody what I did to you, I’ll come get you at night. I would literally jump to my bed at night, afraid he was going to pull me under the bed waiting for me, because I didn’t know how to speak up about this,” said Erin Merryn.

In 2012, Erin was named “Glamour Magazine’s “Woman of the Year.”

WGN News Writer C. Hayes published this story.

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5 Comments to “New IL law requires schools to teach kids about sex abuse”

    zacherieshavell said:
    January 24, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    If you think Edna`s story is unimaginable,, three weeks ago my cousinns step-daad basically recieved a check for $5862 grafting a 20 hour week from there house and they're best friend's sister-in-law`s neighbour did this for five months and made over $5862 part time from a mac. applie the instructions on this web-site…….. …… BIT40.ℂOℳ

      sobeit said:
      January 24, 2013 at 8:19 PM

      keep this crap off it has nothing to do with the story and you really must be bored or get paid by the letter better yet purchase a dictionary so you can spell the words correctly – like apply, neighbor anyone who answers these ads are in for trouble.

    sobeit said:
    January 24, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    new law should teach the kids about corruption in government – then they can teach their parents who apparently don't understand because they keep electing the same idiots

    pagan69 said:
    January 25, 2013 at 7:58 AM

    Why is the administer blocking comments?

    John Doe said:
    January 25, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    This is a fantastic step forward. However is there a similar law that requires schools to teach normal sexual education as well? Both are definitely necessary

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