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By Richard Lefever
For The Sentinel 

Local connection to Erin's Law


March 28, 2018


TESTIFYING: Olivia Holderman giving testimony in Olympia in support of Erin's Law.

When Governor Jay Inslee recently affixed his signature to House Bill 1539, "Erin's Law," it was a major victory in Washington's battle against Childhood Sexual Abuse. What isn't widely known: the legislation creating Washington's version of Erin's Law got its initial start in Klickitat County.

Olivia Holderman, currently living in Goldendale, had been sexually abused as a child. She didn't understand what was happening at that young age but she knew it was inappropriate. It took her almost six decades to be able to openly deal with the experience.

As Olivia's confidence grew, she was determined to do what she could to protect future generations from the abuse she experienced. Unfortunat...

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