NEWS: Progress Made to Pass Erin’s Law to Protect the Most Vulnerable of Alaskans

Rep. Tarr and Erin Merryn

One of Four Erin’s Law Bills Scheduled for a House Floor Vote as Early as Today

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 18, 2015

JUNEAU – Representative Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage) offers thanks to the members of the House Education Committee for waiving House Bill 44 out of committee Friday, setting the stage for quick movement in the final days of the legislative session.  HB 44 is scheduled for a floor vote in the House today pending approval by the House Finance Committee.

“The supporters of Erin’s Law have been patiently waiting for action on one of the bills this session and it appears that patience is paying off,” said Rep. Tarr.  “When this important piece of legislation comes up for a vote I will be an enthusiastic yes vote because the problem of child sexual abuse in Alaska demands action now.”

Alaska has among the highest rate of child sexual abuse in the nation.  The Office of Children’s Services confirmed nearly 300 allegations in March with 1,592 allegations of abuse since the start of the current school year.

Erin’s Law is the life work of child sex abuse survivor Erin Merryn who is working to get Erin’s Law passed in all 50 states.  Erin’s Law has been implemented in 19 states and has been proven as an effective tool to prevent child sexual abuse by requiring public school districts to offer prevention curriculum.

“By giving children some basic information about sexual abuse we can empower them to speak up and tell someone if they are being abused,” said Rep. Tarr.  “We must break this troubling cycle of violence against the most vulnerable among us.”

For more information about Erin’s Law and the progress towards legislative approval, contact Rep. Geran Tarr at (907) 465-3424.

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