Partners for Our Children


HB 1539 attempts to address the relationship that exists between youth victimization and mental health problems and delinquent behavior by enacting Erin’s Law, a law that has been enacted by 26 other states. Erin’s Law is intended to help children, teachers, and parents identify sexual abuse, and to provide assistance, referral, or resource information for children and families who are victims of child sexual abuse. This bill would create the Erin’s law legislative task force, comprised of legislators and various key stakeholders, for the purpose of adopting a model curriculum for the prevention of sexual abuse of students in kindergarten through twelfth grade. The curriculum would have to be evidence-based, age-appropriate and culturally sensitive as well as provide professional training for staff and engage parents to become involved.