“Society is So Afraid of This Issue….That’s Why I’m Not Going to Shut Up”

This and your second blog post are so valuable in raising awareness –

we should not feel afraid to talk about abuse or preventing it – are we too afraid of being judged by people who are most likely to agree with and support our views?


I love this girl. She’s awesome.

“Erin Merryn was just six years old when she was sexually abused by a male neighbor. She was too scared to tell anyone. “He kept telling me, ‘No one will believe you,’ ” says Merryn, 28, of Schaumburg, Ill.

The abuse didn’t stop until her family moved when she was 8 ½ years old. Three years later, a second male relative began abusing her. He scared her into silence as well – until her sister came to her with a chilling story of abuse from the same male relative.

“She just blurted it out,” says Merryn. “I thought, ‘Wow. Now I have somebody to back up my story.’ ” The next day they told their parents, who went to the police.”

Those heartbreaking childhood traumas are the inspiration for Erin’s Law, which mandates schools teach sexual abuse awareness and prevention, from kindergarden on up…

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