This petition is being started to show lawmakers at the state level in Tennessee, that their constituents want to see change in policy and want to see their children protected from sexual abuse. Please join Erin Merryn in her crusade to pass "Erin's Law in all 50 states"! "Erin's Law" mandates education and awareness and prevention in the school systems. Language of the original law is as follows:
To adopt and implement a policy addressing sexual abuse of children that may include age-appropriate curriculum for students in pre-K through 5th grade; training for school personnel on child sexual abuse; educational information to parents or guardians provided in the school handbook on the warning signs of a child being abused, along with any needed assistance, referral, or resource information; available counseling and resources for students affected by sexual abuse; and emotional and educational support for a child of abuse to continue to be successful in school.
Any policy adopted may address without limitation:
(1) methods for increasing teacher, student, and
parent awareness of issues regarding sexual abuse of
children, including knowledge of likely warning signs
indicating that a child may be a victim of sexual abuse;
(2) actions that a child who is a victim of sexual
abuse should take to obtain assistance and intervention;
(3) available counseling options for students affected
by sexual abuse.
Erin Merryn is a 27 year old survivor of childhood sexual abuse. Erin began flying the country telling her story of the sexual abuse that she endured as a child. Erin is not ashamed of her story but instead inspired to put a face and voice on sexual abuse. Her mission is to take the stigma and shame off of sexual abuse survivors and give them a reason to speak. To educate the public that children are being abused right now in your own communities and our own backyards. Erin stated, "I am at war against this silent evil that is lurking in the shadows" Please show your support for her fight, and for equipping the children of the state of Tennessee to defend themselves.