Erin Merryn shares her personal story of child abuse beginning at the age of six years old. She shares with the audience how she broke her silence and reclaimed her voice. Erin discusses the impact sexual abuse had on her life and the warning signs so many missed. She explains the follow up mental health care her she received and how that lead her to confront one of her abusers and eventually forgive him. Finding her voice allowed Erin to make it her mission to have ever child have a voice to speak up and tell. She has now taken a personal crusade across America to get Erin’s Law passed in all 50 states requiring personal body safety be taught to students K-12th grade.
Learning Objectives1. Professionals will be able to understand the mental, physical, and emotional
impact of sexual abuse on a child during and after the abuse.
Professionals will be able to recognize the important role they play in a child’s life after a child discloses sexual abuse.
Professionals will understand what “Erin’s Law” is and why sexual abuse curriculum is important in schools.
Erin Merryn is a nationally recognized speaker, advocate, and published author. Her first book “Stolen Innocence” was published before she graduated high school. She is a survivor of child sexual abuse and is the force behind Erin’s Law, a law that requires personal body safety taught in public schools. Erin published Stolen Innocence in 2004, Living for Today in 2009 and An Unimaginable Act in 2013, all memoirs.
People Magazine named her one of fifteen people changing the world in 2014 along with Oprah and Hillary Clinton. She was named Glamour Magazine woman of the year in 2012. She has appeared on Oprah, CNN, Today Show, and Good Morning America, among others.
Erin graduated with her MSW in 2009 and lives in the suburbs of Chicago with her husband and two young girls.