Require Child Abuse Education in Schools

Target: New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver

Goal: Provide child abuse education in schools

A survivor of child abuse, Erin Merryn is fighting to protect the children of New York State from predators by pushing New York lawmakers to pass her proposed law called the Erin’s law. By passing Erin’s law, lawmakers will help teach children to report anyone who even tries to touch their private parts. The law will provide child abuse education for grades pre-K through eighth grade.

Given some startling statistics, child abuse education is becoming increasingly important.  About 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys are sexually assaulted before the age of 18. In fact, every six minutes, a child is being sexually assaulted, but only 1 in 10 sexually abused children tell someone. Erin Merryn herself did not tell her parents about the first time she was sexually abused. She was just six years old when her neighbor sexually abused her and scared her from reporting him by telling her that no one would believe her. She was abused for two more years by the same man until her family moved. Then, she was abused by a male relative. Erin did not tell her parents about this second abuse until her sister shared with Erin that she was also being abused by the same relative. No child should be continuously sexually molested out of fear that no one will believe him or her.

Erin’s law will ensure that innocent children are taught to protect themselves. With better child abuse education, children as well as parents, are better equipped to fight against pedophiles. In the past, New York State has failed to pass Erin’s law. Currently, despite gaining an overwhelming support in the New York State Senate, Erin’s law continues to see opposition in the New York State Assembly. Illinois, Michigan, Maine, Missouri, and Indiana are just some examples of states that have passed Erin’s law. Sign the petition to urge New York to pass Erin’s law, which is critical to the protection of the children of New York State.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver,

In the past, the New York State Assembly failed to pass Erin’s law. Erin’s law is critical to the protection of children because it will provide child abuse education to grades pre-K to eighth grade. About 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys are sexually assaulted before the age of 18. In fact, every 6 minutes a child is being sexually assaulted, but only 1 in 10 sexually abused children tell someone. Children need to be taught to protect themselves from predators. They should learn that the right thing to do is to tell on anyone who even tries to touch their private parts.

Illinois, Michigan, Maine, Missouri, and Indiana are just some examples of states that have passed Erin’s law to protect children from abuse. It is time New York does the same to ensure children are safe from sexual predators. The Centers for Disease Control estimated that the lifetime costs for the victims of child abuse in one year is 124 billion dollars, which includes treatment and care for the increased rates of drug addiction, alcoholism, and depression that child abuse victims suffer. It also includes the cost of the suicides that result from the trauma of child abuse. Erin’s law will serve as the first line of defense in saving children from becoming victims of sexual abuse. Pass Erin’s law to save the innocence of thousands of the children in New York State.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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