2015 Symposium Information
AARON FISHER became nationally known as “Victim 1,” the face of the Jerry Sandusky child abuse scandal. He had the courage to speak up about the abuse he endured ensuring the perpetrator would
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2015 Keynote Speaker Erin Merryn was captivating as she shared her story and her ongoing battle to help children learn to protect themselves. Help us to get Erin's Law passed. Click here to find out how.
Erin Merryn is author of Stolen Innocence, Living for Today, and An Unimaginable Act all memoirs. Erin earned her Master’s degree in social work from Aurora University in May 2009. After suffering years of sexual abuse and rape as a child she broke her silence and found her mission in life. Erin began a crusade her senior year of high school in 2004 to end the silence and shame around sexual abuse by publishing her childhood diary into a book. She has overcome many obstacles from child abuse, a learning disability, and living daily with epilepsy. In 2010 she became the force behind Erin’s Law. A law that requires public schools to teach children on age appropriate sexual abuse prevention curriculum. She is traveling to each state capital testifying to lawmakers to pass the law. She has made it her mission to pass the law in all 50 states. More than half the country has either passed or are voting on Erin’s Law. In November 2012 Glamour Magazine named her Woman of the Year and she was honored in Carnegie Hall before 3,000 people. People Magazine named her a HEROES Among Us in April 2013 and listed her as one of fifteen women changing the world in June 2014. She has made numerous media appearances including, Oprah, Oprah Winfrey’s Network, Katie Couric, CNN, Good Morning America, MSNBC, Fox, Jane Velez Mitchell, Montel, and Al Jazeera. She has appeared in People Magazine, Time Magazine, USA Today, London Times, Glamour Magazine, Huffington Post, Cosmo Girl Magazine, among others. Erin lives in the suburbs of Chicago with her husband and they are expecting their first child July 2014.
Erin Merryn’s mission is to show others you can overcome all the obstacles life brings you and achieve anything you set your mind to as long as you believe in yourself. Sharing from her life experiences of being sexually abused as a child, being labeled with a learning disability as a teenager and diagnosed as a young adult with epilepsy Erin hasn’t allowed these challenges stop her in all she has set out to accomplish in this life. Threatened to stay silent by her abusers Erin has become a voice for the voiceless going after creating her own law, “Erin’s Law” that has either been passed or being voted on in more than half the country which requires children be educated on age appropriate personal body safety curriculum in schools. Told in high school by her teacher and guidance counselor she would never get accepted into college not to bother applying Erin didn’t let their doubt of her ability stop her from accomplishing her dream of going to college. Five years out of high school she graduated with her Masters in Social Work.
View the video below as Erin recieves her Glamour Woman of the Year award for 2012.