Erin's Law Program Information for Concord Elementary School
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Concord Elementary School’s Social-Emotional Learning curriculum will include Erin’s Law again this year. This is a state mandated, age-appropriate child sexual abuse awareness and prevention education program for our students.
It is estimated that 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually abused by the time they turn eighteen years old. It is also estimated that around 90% of the abusers are people the child knows. This could be relatives, babysitters, neighbors, or other family acquaintances. Out of those sexually abused children, it is estimated that 60% will never tell someone.
In response to these startling statistics, and the hard work of Erin Merryn, who took a personal tragedy and created a positive change across America, Erin’s Law is now implemented in 37 states and pending in 11 more states. In February 2011, Governor Pat Quinn was the first to sign Erin’s Law for Illinois.
Erin’s Law will be taught during Skills for Learning lessons in the last week of February and the first week of March. For more information, here are some links to resources regarding Erin’s Law and sexual abuse:
Erin’s Law - http://erinslaw.org – This website details what Erin’s Law is, who Erin Merryn is, and provides many more resources, programs, and information on the subject of child sexual abuse.
Darkness to Light - www.d2l.org – This nonprofit is dedicated to educating adults about how to identify and respond to child sexual abuse.
Stop It Now! - www.stopitnow.org – This nonprofit is dedicated to preventing sexual abuse of children by helping adults, families, and communities take actions that keep kids safe.
If you have questions about this program, or your child’s participation in the program, please contact Helen Park, school counselor, firstname.lastname@example.org.