Erin's Law

  • In 2013, Illinois passed Erin’s Law which requires all students, early childhood through 12th grade, to be taught to recognize child sexual abuse, equip them with skills to reduce their vulnerability, and encourage them to report abuse if it occurs.  A woman named Erin Merryn, who was a victim of child sexual abuse, initiated this mandate. She noted that while she had been educated in school about stranger danger and other prevention programs, she was never taught what to do if someone touched her inappropriately.  

    In March of 2018, Winnetka Public Schools social workers will go into classrooms to present this information in a child friendly and age appropriate manner.  A WPI Event was held in March of 2018 to discuss the program in more detail, and the video can be seen below.

    If you would like further information on Erin’s Law, we encourage you to review resources below.

    Elementary Schools

    Building social workers will teach personal safety skills to develop self awareness regarding  safe touch/unsafe touch in a child friendly and age appropriate manner.The classroom teacher will be present during the presentation.

    Key Vocabulary & Concepts

    • Understanding of personal safety (i.e., bicycle safety, traffic safety, fire safety, and body safety)
    • Safe and unsafe touch (something that makes you feel hurt, sad, confused, and upset on the inside and outside of your bodies)
    • What to do if someone breaks the "touching rule" (k-2); "touching safety" (3-4)
    • ”Recognize, Refuse, Report” using developmentally appropriate vocabulary
      • No, Stop, Get Away, Tell, Tell again until someone listens
    • Identifying safe adults in and outside of school
    • Comfortable and uncomfortable feelings (icky or confused feelings)

    Materials

    Kdg-2nd: Your Body Belongs to You by Cornelia Spelman
    3rd-4th: Do you Have a Secret? by Jennifer Moore-Mallinos
     

    The Skokie School

    Building social workers will teach personal safety skills to develop self awareness regarding safe touch/unsafe touch. They will teach students to develop self advocacy skills and confidence to be in charge of their personal safety and to seek assistance from safe adults.

    Key Vocabulary & Concepts

    • Understanding of personal safety (i.e., fire, bus, evacuation, tornado drills and body safety)
    • Safe and unsafe touch (something that makes you feel hurt, sad, confused, and upset on the inside and outside of our bodies)
    • Definition of sexual abuse (6th grade only)
    • Respect the boundaries of self and others
    • Safe and unsafe secrets
    • ”Recognize, Refuse, Report” using developmentally appropriate vocabulary
      • No, Stop, Get Away, Tell, Tell again until someone listens
    • Identifying safe adults in and outside of school
    • Comfortable and uncomfortable feelings: follow your instincts/follow your gut

    Carleton Washburne

    Building social workers will educate students regarding sexual abuse by providing accurate information, education, resources, and support.

    Key Vocabulary & Concepts

    • Personal safety
    • Definition of sexual abuse
    • Boundaries/assertiveness
    • Advocacy
    • Support and resources

    Materials

    Erin’s Law Video

    Resources

     District Policies 

    2013 Press Release

     

    Parent Letter

    Opt-Out Form