Childhood sexual abuse survivor and activist Erin Merryn to testify Thursday on a bill to establish an Erin’s Law task force in Washington

On Thursday, Erin Merryn, a childhood sexual abuse survivor and Erin's Law's namesake, will testify in favor of a bill that would establish a work group tasked with creating age-appropriate sexual-abuse prevention curriculum for grades K-12. House Bill 1539, referred to as Erin's Law, is sponsored by Rep. Gina McCabe, R-Goldendale.

The public hearing will take place at 8 a.m. Thursday, March 23, during the House Education Committee.

Merryn has worked throughout the nation to implement measures to study and develop sexual-abuse identification and prevention curriculum in grades pre-K through 12. Her efforts have led her to appear on CNNGood Morning AmericaThe Oprah Winfrey Show, and other media outlets. Should House Bill 1539 pass the Legislature and be enacted into law, Washington would be the 29th state to enact Erin's Law legislation.

In December 2015, then-President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act, which will allow school districts throughout the country to use federal education dollars for sexual-abuse education programs.



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