“Erin’s Law,” was first passed in Illinois in January of 2013 and since then, 25 other states have adopted the law. Erin’s Law is named after Erin Merryn, a native of Schaumburg, IL and a childhood sexual assault survivor, author, speaker, and activist.
Erin’s Law is prevention-based, bringing sexual abuse education into public schools using age appropriate materials and techniques. Thanks to Erin’s Law, children are being taught to recognize abuse and learning what to do if they need assistance. Erin’s Law requires all public schools to provide education on sexual abuse prevention for all students, early childhood through twelfth grade, on a yearly basis. This law also requires educators to take part in training classes that cover sexual abuse and how to recognize warning signs.
To learn more about Erin’s Law, feel free to visit the following sites:
To learn more about what is taught at each grade level at Avoca West, parent information slides have been included below. Here you’ll find grade level specifics and also how you can support all children in keeping their bodies safe.
If you’d prefer you child NOT take part in the Erin’s Law lesson at Avoca West, you can access the Erin’s Law Opt Out form HERE. Please print out a copy and return it to your child’s school office (attention Mrs. Jessica Hutchison).