New IL law requires schools to teach kids about sex abuse

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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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