Erin Merryn, A Voice for the Voiceless
We’ve had an unprecedented change for our Gingerbread House Partners in Prevention 2021 Luncheon and we couldn’t be more excited! Our guest speaker for the Luncheon will now be Erin Merryn, childhood sexual abuse survivor turned author, speaker, child advocate and activist, and the force behind Erin’s Law!
Sexually abused from age 6-8 by an adult neighbor, Erin was threatened to stay silent by her abuser. After her parents decided to move, Erin’s abuse ended but only brought her that much closer to her next abuser, an older teenage cousin who lived down the street from her. Her older cousin sexually abused her from 11-13 years old. He threatened her to stay silent so she kept her secrets locked away in her childhood diary. Erin is now on a mission to persuade all 50 states to pass Erin’s Law, which requires that all public schools use age-appropriate curricula to teach students how to tell on anyone who touches or attempts to touch their private parts. She travels from one capital to the next testifying to lawmakers on the law that requires personal body safety taught in public schools pre-k through 12th grade. Erin’s Law has now been passed in nearly 40 states including Louisiana.
Did you know? Every six minutes a child is sexually abused in the U.S. One in 10 children will be sexually abused before they turn 18 – over 90% by a family member or friend. 60% of child sexual abuse victims never tell anyone about it. Children must be taught to tell a trusted adult if anyone touches their private parts.
Please join us for the Gingerbread House Partners in Prevention 2021 Luncheon to hear Erin Merryn share more about her crusade to protect children from sexual abuse!
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