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Quinn Signs Sex Abuse Prevention Measure Into Law

Gov. Pat Quinn signed a new sexual abuse prevention measure into law today. The bill is known as Erin's Law, and it creates new requirements for all public schools to have sexual assault and abuse awareness programs. The law is named after sexual abuse victim Erin Merryn.

The signing ceremony was held at the Northwest Cook County Children's Advocacy Center in the Chicago suburb of Hoffman Estates, where Merryn first sought help as a victim.

"Now I've come back here to have this law signed, giving children of Illinois a voice, a voice to speak up and tell if they have every been sexually abused," Merryn said. "And a message to every sex offender out there: don't touch a child, because they're going to speak up."

Merryn campaigned on behalf of the bill for three years, across Illinois and several other states. She said her next goal is to see similar legislation passed at the national level.