Erin’s Law – Sexual Assault Prevention Toolkit

What is Erin’s Law?

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, which is registered with the State of Illinois and the IRS as a 501 (c)(4) non-profit social welfare organization.

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. Illinois is the first state by law to mandate child sexual abuse prevention. Vermont state board of education required this in schools since 2009. As of June 2018 Erin’s Law has been passed in 35 states.

To learn more about the law and Erin’s story click here.

At least 26 states and the territory of Guam have enacted legislation requiring states to either study or develop age-appropriate child sexual abuse identification and prevention curricula for pre-k through fifth, eighth or 12th grades to help children, teachers and parents recognize and identify child sexual abuse. Check out state-by-state legislation here.


Tools to Implement Erin’s Law with Teens

Love Notes 3.0 is successfully being implemented in Spartanburg County, South Carolina by the MaryLove Notes 3.0 Instructor's Manual cover Black Foundation to meet the requirements of Erin’s Law.

 

Implementing Erin’s Law Through Relationship Skills Education

Here is a video developed by the Mary Black Foundation to education young people about sexual assault prevention, consent, and other risky sexual behaviors.