A VOICE FOR THE VOICELESS
KEYNOTE SPEAKER - ERIN MERRYN
Erin Merryn, creator of and lobbyist for Erin’s Law, which mandates sexual abuse education for Pre-K-12th grade students in twenty-six US public schools, will deliver a powerful keynote address at Children's Center Honors. A survivor of child sexual abuse, Erin has made it her mission to speak on behalf of Child Advocacy Centers across the country and spread awareness on the necessity to educate children and adults in child abuse prevention and intervention.
Erin was the 2012 Glamour Magazine Woman of the Year and has appeared on Oprah and dozens of national programs. Her keynote is entitled A Voice for the Voiceless.
In 2015, the Oregon legislature passed SB 856, also known as Erin’s Law, requiring the development and adoption of child sexual abuse prevention programs for students in K-12th grade in all Oregon public schools. Oregon was the 24th state to pass a version of Erin’s Law.
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Erin Merryn, Keynote Speaker and Founder of Erin’s Law
"I believe everyone is born with a purpose and I found my purpose through the pain that has taken place in my life. I decided at a young age to take a stand against evil and be a voice for the voiceless."
Erin Merryn is Woman of the Year because "she's taken her personal crusade and turned it into a public one. So many children will be protected because of her."
Katie Couric, Author and Yahoo! Global News Anchor
Children’s Center supports and medically assesses children who are suspected victims of abuse and neglect. We serve children from birth to 17 years old for concerns with family trauma, sexual, physical and emotional abuse, and neglect—including exposure to drugs and domestic violence.
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