The House Education Committee on Friday moved “Erin’s Law,” an effort to prevent childhood sexual abuse.

Erin Merryn spoke on House Bill 233 to committee members, relating her own personal experiences as a child sexual abuse victim. She also spoke of statistics regarding childhood sexual abuse in Alaska.

The bill is sponsored by Rep. Geran Tarr, an Anchorage Democrat.

Tarr says the bill mandates school districts to develop age-appropriate sexual abuse and assault awareness and prevention education for grades kindergarten through 12.

Merryn says she flew to Alaska from Chicago to assist in getting the bill passed as the legislative session winds down.

Twelve states have passed some version of “Erin’s Law.”

The bill now goes to the House Finance Committee.

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