A.) About Erin's Law

Erin’s Law is named after Erin Merryn, a childhood sexual assault survivor, author, and activist. Originally introduced as a bill called “Erin’s Law” in Illinois, the movement has grown and the goal is that all public schools in the country will implement child sexual abuse programs with a focus on prevention. There are three key components of the law:

  1. teaching age-appropriate recognition techniques to all students in grades PreK-12, with a focus on telling a trusted adult

  2. teaching all school personnel about childhood sexual abuse

  3. teaching parents and guardians about the warning signs of childhood sexual abuse, and how to find assistance, resources, and support for those affected by childhood sexual abuse

This online module will walk you through the implementation of Erin's Law requirements at the elementary level. Unlike the content that we have developed for implementation at the middle school and high school levels, this content will be used by you, the teacher, to guide students through essential content during class time. Teacher Resource Kits like this one will provide you with step-by-step instructions and a detailed, orderly method for introducing each topic to your students. The preparation step, lesson plan, and reflection step, found in the panel on the left, are composed of easy-to-follow visuals, links, and resources.

These modules will feature demonstrations, hypothetical situations, and various scenarios. Regardless of the material and content within the module, students should never be used in any demonstration that requires touching; innuendo, situations, or language that may be construed as sexual in nature; or inappropriate conversation.

When discussing these topics and involving students, remember to exercise caution, discretion, and sensitivity. Never make any assumptions or generalizations about students’ histories, family situations, or prior knowledge. It is advised to avoid humor when discussing this content in order to not confuse or upset students. At the beginning and end of each lesson, remind students that they are able to privately discuss any concerns, questions, or issues with you (or another trusted adult) and should not discuss specific circumstances or individuals during the class-wide discussions.

If you suspect or know that a student has been the victim of sexual assault, violence, or abuse, you are required to immediately report this information, in compliance with state law. Immediately consult your guidance counselor or administration if you have any questions about this process.

All images used within these lesson plans are in the public domain or utilize a Creative Commons license.