From the time she was 6 years old, Erin Merryn was sexually abused: first by a neighbor, then at age 11 by her cousin. Rather than destroying her, Merryn’s experiences galvanized her to become a defender of children.
In 2004 Erin self-published her diary, Stolen Innocence, when she was a high-school senior. Six months later, publisher HCI picked up the book.
Last week Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed an Erin’s Law bill after a task force completed an exhaustive 10-month investigation of the issue, which included writing age-appropriate curricula for the state’s schools. Illinois is the fifth state to pass Erin’s Law since she took up the cause.
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