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Slideshow: Alaska House committee advances 'Erin's Law' to counter child sexual abuse

Erin Merryn from Elgin, Ill., testified Friday, March 28, before the House Education Committee on "Erin's Law," a bill introduced by Rep. Geran Tarr, D-Anchorage, requiring schools to teach techniques to students to help them resist and report sexual abusers. Merryn shows the D.A.R.E. drug abuse resistance card she got in school, but said there was no such program to help her against the abuse of a relative. The bill, House Bill 233, has quickly picked up broad, bipartisan support this month and moved from the Education Committee to the House Finance committee.
Richard Mauer
Erin Merryn from Elgin, Ill., center, poses with members of the House Education Committee after the committee without dissent moved "Erin's Law" Friday. The bill, House Bill 233, introduced by Rep. Geran Tarr, D-Anchorage, requires schools to teach techniques to students to help them resist and report sexual abusers. Merryn, herself a survivor of sexual abuse, has been traveling the county in support of legislation that has now passed in 12 states. The bill has quickly picked up broad, bipartisan support this month and moved on to the House Finance Committee.
Richard Mauer
Craig Medred