Erin’s Law requires that all public schools implement child-focused educational programs meant to help prevent sexual abuse. Teachers and students are taught to recognize the signs of abuse, particularly good versus bad touch, and when not to keep secrets. The law enforces mandated reporting obligations of teachers and school personnel and provides caregivers with information about warning signs and resources. Erin’s Law is named after Erin Merryn, an activist against child sexual abuse, who was a victim of abuse throughout her childhood which was perpetuated due to her belief that she was alone in her experience. It has been adopted by 35 states to date.
Abused Children as Adults
Growing up is difficult for victims of abuse. When they become adults, they can face strong triggers from memories of what happened. These repressed and traumatizing memories can be overwhelming, but there are strategies to adapt and heal.
Keeping Kids Safe on Social Media
Book Suggestions for Children
- Your Body Belongs to You by Cornelia Spelman
- It’s MY Body: A Book to Teach Young Children How to Resist Uncomfortable Touch by Lory Freeman
- I Said No! A Kid-to-kid Guide to Keeping Private Parts Private by Zach and Kimberly King
- The Trouble with Secrets by Kate N. Johnson