founder of Erin's Law
DoubleTree by Hilton in Bloomington
Thursday, July 13, 2023
Erin Merryn is an internationally recognized author, speaker, and child abuse advocate and activist. For six years of her childhood she was sexually abused keeping her secret locked away in her childhood diary. Before graduating high school Erin published her diary into a book called Stolen Innocence. She has since published 4 more books. She earned her BSW from Western Illinois University and MSW from Aurora University.
In 2013 she had Erin’s Law passed in her home state of Illinois. A law that requires personal body safety taught in public schools every year. She has made it her mission to have it passed in all 50 states and has traveled more than half the country testifying to lawmakers. Erin’s Law is now passed in 38 states.
Since 2004, Erin has shared her story in over two hundred publications and appeared on Oprah, Today, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, CNN, TLC, Fox, Katie Couric, among others. Glamour magazine named Erin Woman of the Year in 2012, and People magazine named her one of fifteen women changing the world in 2014.
Erin lives in the Chicago suburbs. She is married and the mother of four children.