Promoting Erin’s Law for the State of Kansas
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Our advocacy group is composed of compassionate Master Level Social Work students who are looking to protect Kansas children. We are looking for your support to bring attention to Kansas House Bill No. 2048. By passing House Bill No. 2048, it will establish Erin’s Law. This law will make evidenced-based, age-appropriate sexual abuse curriculum mandatory for kindergarten through sixth grade.This bill will allow for children to have the confidence and voice to speak out against childhood sexual abuse. This will allow teachers and parents the necessary training to recognize signs of sexual abuse, and allow support and resources to families who are going through child sexual abuse themselves.
Erin's law is championed by Erin Merryn, childhood sexual abuse survivor turned author, speaker, child advocate and activist. "Erin Merryn is the founder and president of Erin’s Law. Erin suffered through six years of childhood sexual abuse without her parents having knowledge of the encounters. A survivor of rape by an uncle, from age 6-8 and additionally, incest by an older cousin from age 11-13. When she was 13, she broke the silence at a Children’s Advocacy Center and reclaimed her voice. Erin is now on a mission to persuade all 50 states to pass Erin’s Law, which mandates that all public schools use age-appropriate curricula to teach students how to recognize sexual abuse and reach out to an adult."
In looking at Kansas, the bill passed as amended in the House on February 14th, 2017. The amendment called for teacher training and education of childhood sexual abuse, but did not state that it was mandatory to teach a curriculum to students. The amended bill was then referred to the Senate Committee on Education on February 15th, 2017. No further actions were taken on this bill and the bill is currently dead for this year. This bill has been introduced to Kansas legislators since the 2013 legislative year.
Our group wants to raise consciousness in Kansas about the importance of Erin’s Law so that when this bill gets introduced in the next legislative year, there will be more momentum and pressure to pass it. We need to educate our students and not just our teachers. By signing this petition, our advocacy will have the momentum we need to reach the Committee on Education, Members of the Senate, and The Kansas State Board of Education members. Help us bring attention to this very important issue and protect Kansas Children.
Video and Erin's personal story obtained from www.erinslaw.org
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