Senate committee to consider bill preventing sexual abuse of children

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Updated: 4/01/2013 8:58 am
CARSON CITY, Nev. ( & KRNV) -- One in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused by their 18th birthday.

One woman is taking her fight to end sexual abuse of children to a national level and Monday she's going to be in Carson City trying to get lawmakers to pass a law that will help prevent abuse.

Erin Merryn was sexually abused when she was a young girl by a family member and for nearly two years she says she stayed in silence before speaking out.

Merryn has appeared on many leading news programs sharing her personal testimony and is trying to change lives one state at a time.

So far five states have passed Erin's Law, a law that requires the education of abuse in schools.

Senator Greg Brower, R-Reno, is presenting Senate Bill 258, otherwise known as Erin's Law, Monday to the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services.

"The reality unfortunately is most often childhood sexual abuse is committed within a family and it makes it especially difficult for children to understand that it's okay to report that to some other adult, a teacher, a counselor at school and it's just an education process and that's a big part of this," Sen. Brower says.

If passed SB 258 would establish a task force made up of law enforcement, representatives from education and social services to study the prevention of sexual abuse of children.

The committee will hear the bill at 3:30 p.m. at the Legislative Building.

The legislature of several other states are currently considering bills to pass Erin's Law.

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