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Alaska becomes 26th state to pass Erin's Law

Alaska becomes 26th state to pass Erin's Law

After a tough fight and the state's Governor and First Lady called for it's passage, Alaska became the 26th state to pass a version of Erin's Law in June, 2015. A bill for the law has also been proposed in 17 more states. Only 7 states have not introduced it.
People Magazine: Erin 1 of 15 Women Changing World
People Magazine named Erin Merryn as one of its "15 Amazing Women Changing the World" in its June, 2014, issue for her nationwide visionary work protecting children from sexual abuse. Others included Oprah, Angelina Jolie and Angela Merkel.  
Erin Merryn named a Woman of the Year by Glamour Magazine
Erin Merryn was presented with a Glamour Magazine "2012 Woman of the Year" award for her work protecting children from sexual abuse at Carnegie Hall Nov. 12, 2012, by actress Julianna Margulies, star of CBS-TV's "The Good Wife."
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I’m very excited to announce that soon you will be seeing a new look to the Erin’s Law website! It will have a new layout along with more resources and news within a few months.  I’ve also started to add more information on the Erin’s Law organization that will be included on the new site.  So far I’ve added our IRS tax exempt determination letter onto the donation page, and many more documents related to Erin’s Law will be added in the next few weeks.  Stay tuned!

I need your help! Every year the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving is called “Giving Tuesday.” I am asking you to participate in my “Giving Tuesday” challenge to help abused children. For the next 4 weeks every day save your spare change to help me change an abused child’s life. You can do this at home as a family or at work asking your coworkers to do the same. Start off by grabbing that change sitting in your car, dresser, laundry room, or bottom of your purse for all us women. Then find a jar, canister, something to collect all your change in all month. Then every day empty your pockets of your spare change. At work get your coworkers involved. If you’re a teacher put an empty canister in the teachers’ lounge write an email to all staff explain what it is for or a note by it and who this money will help. Get your students involved and have a classroom donation jar. Think of where you work and how you can get your coworkers or customers to help in this Giving Tuesday cause.

I serve on the board of the Illinois Children’s Advocacy Centers. There are 38 Children’s Advocacy Centers in Illinois that serve 93 counties of the 102 in Illinois. CAC’s strive to reduce trauma and provide support to child victims of violence and their families. These centers serve as a community resource to facilitate the identification, intervention and prevention of child abuse.

In April 1998 at 13 years old I found myself in one of these centers telling my story of abuse for the first time to a complete stranger. That complete stranger was a trained forensic interviewer. I walked into this agency with fear and I walked out reclaiming my voice. For the next year and a half the agency provided free individual and group counseling to my family. My parents were in a parents support group while my sister and I were both in different survivor groups for girls. All these services were provided free to us. Had we gone somewhere else it would have cost thousands without insurance.

CAC’s are a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization, CAC’s provide all services free of charge in both English and Spanish. One session of therapy alone would cost $150.00 but being a nonprofit families are never charged. One service we did not need but also provided is the medical center used for medical exams on abused kids for evidence in court.

The CAC changed my life at 13 years old. Without the support services I received I would not be the confident outspoken person I am today protecting kids across this world. Illinois was the first state to pass Erin’s Law and it was signed by the Governor at the CAC I went to as a child. I wanted my law that would give kids a voice to be signed in the place I reclaimed my voice.

I want all abused children to be able to receive the same support I did free of charge at a CAC, but CAC’s cannot offer these services without the donations from the public and businesses. It breaks my heart when I hear about a CAC having to close their doors due to government funding being slashed. Funding is a main topic of all of our board meetings because without it we cannot function.

On Tuesday December 1st go to the bank with all the change and cash it in. Then write a check out for the amount raised to CACI or Children’s Advocacy Centers of Illinois. Make sure you write the check out to the CACI because people send donations to Erin’s Law and I don’t want to mix them up.

Then send it to:

Erin Merryn
847 S. Randall Rd
PMB 194
Elgin, IL 60123

Help play a part in changing an abused child’s life with your change.

During the week of December 7th I will announce how much change you donated to help change an abused child’s life. Please SHARE this and ask your friends to join this important cause to help children heal.

Last month I asked many of my dedicated followers to help me in this Giving Tuesday cause and one of them put her 20 year old autistic son in charge of it and he already has $154.00 in change.

 

Thank you!

Erin Merryncoins

(TLC) BREAKING THE SILENCE will air commercial-free on Sunday Aug. 30 at 10/9c pm and shine a light on the challenging journey faced by  those affected by child sexual abuse, as well as other useful information where people can turn for help.

An estimated one in ten children will be the victim of sexual abuse before the age of 18. In an effort to promote education, raise awareness and advance the conversation on this important matter, TLC has partnered with two of the nation’s leading abuse prevention organizations, RAINN and Darkness to Light, on a new documentary addressing the issue.

BREAKING THE SILENCE will air commercial-free on Sunday, August 30th at 10/9c and shine a light on the challenging journey faced by those affected by child sexual abuse, as well as offer useful information where people can turn for help. The documentary is part of a multi-platform partnership between TLC, RAINN and Darkness to Light. For more information on the documentary and Erin Merryn, survivor, advocate and force behind Erin’s Law, click here.

INFO & RESOURCES FROM OUR PARTNERS
Founded in 2000, Darkness to Light (D2L) a nonprofit organization with the mission to empower people to prevent child sexual abuse. Our work is guided by our vision to create a world for children where child sexual abuse does not exist. We believe protecting children is an adult responsibility and that education is critical for prevention efforts as well as a catalyst for larger cultural change. Our immediate focus is to make child sexual abuse prevention a national priority. We work to end child sexual abuse by educating, raising awareness, sharing resources and through fostering a network of committed prevention advocates. Through our Stewards of Children program, Darkness to Light has trained nearly one million adults how to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.

To download D2L’s 5 Steps to Protecting Our Children in English click here, in Spanish click here.

For D2L’s tips on how to talk to your kids click here.

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BREAKING THE SILENCE will air commercial-free on Sunday Aug. 30 at 10/9c pm and shine a light on the challenging journey faced by  those affected by child sexual abuse, as well as other useful information where people can turn for help.

An estimated one in ten children will be the victim of sexual abuse before the age of 18. In an effort to promote education, raise awareness and advance the conversation on this important matter, TLC has partnered with two of the nation’s leading abuse prevention organizations, RAINN and Darkness to Light, on a new documentary addressing the issue.

BREAKING THE SILENCE will air commercial-free on Sunday, August 30th at 10/9c and shine a light on the challenging journey faced by those affected by child sexual abuse, as well as offer useful information where people can turn for help. The documentary is part of a multi-platform partnership between TLC, RAINN and Darkness to Light. For more information on the documentary and Erin Merryn, survivor, advocate and force behind Erin’s Law, click here.

INFO & RESOURCES FROM OUR PARTNERS
Founded in 2000, Darkness to Light (D2L) a nonprofit organization with the mission to empower people to prevent child sexual abuse. Our work is guided by our vision to create a world for children where child sexual abuse does not exist. We believe protecting children is an adult responsibility and that education is critical for prevention efforts as well as a catalyst for larger cultural change. Our immediate focus is to make child sexual abuse prevention a national priority. We work to end child sexual abuse by educating, raising awareness, sharing resources and through fostering a network of committed prevention advocates. Through our Stewards of Children program, Darkness to Light has trained nearly one million adults how to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.

To download D2L’s 5 Steps to Protecting Our Children in English click here, in Spanish click here.

For D2L’s tips on how to talk to your kids click here.

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