McCabe Pushing For Erin’s Law

Washington State 14th District Representative Gina McCabe is continuing to push for Erin’s Law, a bill that would help establish age-appropriate, sexual-abuse prevention curriculum in school.  House Bill 1539 could form a task force to create the curriculum for grades K-12, as well as identify funding sources to implement the curriculum.  McCabe says teaching students how to speak up and escape abuse should be an integral part of their safety education.  Reports from the Centers for Disease Control estimate one in six boys and one in four girls are sexually abused before the age of 18.  The bill’s namesake is Erin Merryn, a childhood sexual abuse survivor and activist from Illinois who has advocated throughout the nation for legislation that studies and implements sexual-abuse identification and prevention curriculum in grades pre-K-12.  Should House Bill 1539 be enacted into law this year, Washington would be the 32nd state to implement Erin’s Law.  The bill has been given a hearing twice in the House Education Committee in the last two years, including one last week, but it has yet to be brought forward for a vote of the committee.

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