Erin's Law is named after childhood sexual assault survivor, author, speaker, and activist Erin Merryn, who is the founder and President of Erin's Law, a registered as a 501 (c)(4) non-profit social welfare organization with the State of Illinois and the IRS.
After Erin introduced the legislation in her home state of Illinois, the bill was named "Erin's Law" after her by legislators, and it has caught on nationwide. "Erin's Law" requires that all public schools in each state implement a prevention-oriented child sexual abuse program addressing the following:
- Students in grades PreK – 12th grade are taught age-appropriate techniques to recognize child sexual abuse and to tell a trusted adult about unsafe or uncomfortable situations.
- Parents & guardians are provided with the warning signs of child sexual abuse, plus needed assistance, referral, or resource information to support sexually abused children and their families.