A push is underway to stop sex crimes against children in our state.
It's called Erin's law. The namesake for the measure has made it her mission to pass a bill that could prevent these tragic crimes in all 50 states.
Here is an excerpt of her story, from ErinMeryn.net:
"When a grown man I knew lay on top of me at 6 ½ years old and threaten to tie me to a bed if I did not lay still and be quiet as he raped me or when my teenage cousin locked me behind closed doors and warned me, ‘This is our little secret, no one will believe you, this will destroy our family' as he sexually abused me on a bed I stayed silent and lived in that silence alone. When I was raped and sexually abused as a child I did not know what to do. I was confused and scared. My body seemed to belong to the men that used and abused it was the message I learned because I was getting no other message."
The bill would create a task force that would be in charge of coming up with age-appropriate curriculum to teach students in kindergarten through sixth grade how to handle sexual abuse.
On Erin's website she says the law will give children a fighting chance, a voice, and the tools to help protect them.
State senator Thom Goolsby is a sponsor on North Carolina's version of the measure and deals with these kinds of crimes daily.
"I can tell you that every sex offender I've dealt with was a victim before they were an offender," Goolsby said. "It is critical…to see to it that we get the education out there because that's how we stop it. If we can stop today's victim, we can stop tomorrow's pedophile."
Across the country, 15 states have passed Erin's law and 23 others are working on it.
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