Author, Activist & Force Behind Erin's Law
When you meet Erin Merryn, you realize she is a woman on a mission . Her view of the world forever changed at the tender age of six, when she went to a sleepover at a best friend’s house. There, she would be sexually abused for the first time. For the next two and a half years, she was abused and raped by an adult neighbor. He told her he would hurt her if she told anyone, so she stayed silent. Her saving grace came when she moved at 8 ½ years old. Little did she know moving was getting her that much closer to the next abuser in her life. Read More >
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Sexually abused and raped for many years as a child, Erin shares her journey through years of abuse, finding her voice, healing, forgiveness and turning tragedy into triumph. By making the decision to go after giving children the voice she never had as a child, she will share what kept her silent and so many children silent when abused, the warning signs that were missed, how we can protect kids from abuse, and finally, the decision she made to quit her job and go after passing Erin’s Law across America. She travels from one capital to the next testifying to lawmakers on the law that requires personal body safety taught in public schools pre-k through 12th grade. It has now been passed in nearly half the country.
Labeled with a learning disability as a high school student, sexually abused and raped as a child and being diagnosed with epilepsy as a young adult, Erin has shown she has bounced back time and again from the obstacles she has faced. She explains how she has not allowed adversity to play a negative role in her life and instead, it has given her the strength to show others no matter what challenges we may face, we can rise above and overcome anything. Audiences walk away inspired and empowered to achieve their goals.
"Erin Merryn is a woman of the year because she has taken her personal crusade and turned it into a public one. So many children will be protected because of her."
"Erin's Law and the message it carries is extremely important for all students. She has identified a gap in our education that has resulted in this horrific epidemic to continue! Her message will without a doubt have a significant impact on the children of this nation and lower the sexual abuse statistics that we now carry. Thank you to Erin for being a fearless survivor!"
"Ms. Merryn is an excellent public speaker and passionate advocate for children who have been sexually abused. She presented at our Leadership Conference and was very warmly received by our more than 300 attendees. Ms. Merryn has a message of hope for us all: that we can make a difference in the life of an abused child and that it is possible to heal after abuse. There is no more inspiring message than that."
"Erin spoke at a fundraising luncheon for our Child Advocacy Center in Walworth County, WI. She was phenomenal! Erin's candid story of childhood sexual abuse and her determination to tell her story, educating and advocating in the process is remarkable. We are in awe of Erin's strength and how she moved our audience to tears by telling her story so eloquently."
"Erin Merryn provided a dynamic and compassionate keynote speech at an event titled “Safe to Compete” held by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. The audience turnout was impressive and included more than 50 of the nation’s leading youth sports organizations, who came together to discuss child sexual abuse in youth sports and sound practices. Erin had the audience on the edge of their seat and set the tone for what many felt was the best conference on the topic in years. We highly recommend her!"
"Erin Merryn is a powerful speaker and advocate for countless, faceless children and adults in our country who have similarly suffered sexual abuse. Her raw honesty and captivating portrayal of her experiences and struggles to disclose these experiences will inspire anyone to become more aware of child sexual abuse and involved in making our communities safer for children. Through her speeches and books, Erin is an inspiration to professionals working daily to fight child abuse in the United States."