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 >
Breaking the Silence
CARE House CHildren's Advocacy Center
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."
"Everything went well. Erin was terrific! She was amazing with the guests, spent time answering questions and I believe the book signing went well too."
"Event planners are always on the lookout for speakers who bring it all—a deep level of focus on the audience, frameworks that connect with people, and a ‘fired up!’ attitude. Alden Mills has the whole package. Whether he’s applying lessons learned from his Navy SEAL days to the business world, or sharing stories of personal transformation, Alden has an undeniable knack for moving attendees into a place where their full leadership potential is possible. During the pre-call, I learned why: Alden applies his own work to his life, every day, looking for continuous improvement as a speaker and workshop facilitator. His energy is infectious, his teachings spot-on, and his empathy for the audience endless as far as I can tell. Alden models “unstoppable” leadership. I will book him again soon."
"Outstanding! Alden spoke to our leadership team at a time when inspiration and drive were imperative. His ability to transfer the discipline of being a Seal and that of the entrepreneur was AMAZING! He did an unbelievable job in preparing everyone to roll up their sleeves and charge through the remainder of the year with absolute commitment. I would highly recommend Alden to anyone who is looking to take their business to the next level!”
"Absolutely incredible! Alden’s ability to connect with our leaders and our business was truly inspiring and exactly what we needed.”
"Authentic and engaging—one of the best speakers we’ve ever had at USAA.”
"Words can’t fully describe the impact Alden had on our audience. He delivered exactly what we needed—a fresh, inspired call to action for high-impact personal leadership in work and in life. His stories were remarkable. His approach to leadership was practical. And his style was down-to-earth. It was inspiring to look around the room and see the focused faces in the audience. Alden was the best commencement speaker we’ve had."
"I've been in this business for 27 years and I have to say that Alden’s message was a powerful one. His keynote was customized from beginning to end by incorporating our brand messaging and tailored with a framework to help my associates and our customers face the challenges of their current business environment. Alden’s message was so powerful and resonated so well with my associates and our customers that I recommend to other companies that they need to hear it too! Alden lives his messaging: He is All In, All the Time!"
"Alden Mills was an incredibly inspirational and dynamic speaker sharing his unbelievable journey in becoming a Navy SEAL. He incorporated our meeting themes into his material. And he transferred his experiences into great relevant business and life lessons. Alden really connected with our team of over 1,000 sales people."
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"In our five years of putting on conferences, Alden was head and shoulders above our past speakers. He’s a fantastic storyteller who tied his messaging directly back to our company and our dealers. He cares, and it shows. I’d hire again!"
"Thank you, Alden, for being such a pleasure to work with. I appreciated your interest in truly learning about our organization, our members, and their work. It impressed me that you took the time to customize your speech for our group, and to connect with them in a way that communicated that you understood their businesses and their challenges. You are a warm and engaging speaker. As our members were leaving your session, the buzz was about the principles you taught, your passion in presenting them, and their applicability to our profession. Many of the members came up to tell me, ‘Excellent choice!’ It is my pleasure to recommend you as a keynote speaker."