House hears on McCabe support for Erin's Law


March 29, 2017


ERIN AND CHILD: Erin Merryn sits with her baby next to Rep. Gina McCabe Thursday in Olympia for a hearing on Erin's Law.

Thursday, the House Education Committee heard testimony in support of a bill that would establish a task force to create sexual-abuse identification and prevention curriculum for grades K-12.

The legislation, House Bill 1539, is referred to as Erin's Law, named after Illinois mom Erin Merryn, who was sexually abused as a child. Lawmakers had the opportunity to hear Erin's story Thursday as she testified in favor of the bill.

"I was taught 'stranger danger.' Don't go look for the lost puppy, don't take candy from the stranger," said Merryn. "The reality is, it's not strangers parents need to be concerned about. It's the people you know and trust."

According to the U.S. Department of Justic...

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