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Erin Merryn        

Author, Child Abuse Awareness Advocate & Activist for "Erin's Law"

Erin Merryn is an internationally recognized author, speaker, and child abuse advocate and activist. For six years of her childhood she was sexually abused keeping her secret locked away in her childhood diary. Before graduating high school Merryn published her diary into a book called "Stolen Innocence." She has since published 4 more books. She earned her BSW from Western Illinois University and MSW from Aurora University.

In 2013 she had Erin’s Law passed in her home state of Illinois. A law that requires personal body safety taught in public schools every year. She has made it her mission to have it passed in all 50 states and has traveled more then half the country testifying to lawmakers.

Since 2004, Merryn has shared her story in over two hundred publications and appeared on Oprah, Today, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, CNN, TLC, Fox, among others. Glamour magazine named Erin Woman of the Year in 2012, and People magazine named her one of fifteen women changing the world in 2014.

Merryn lives in Chicago, Illinois where she is married and the mother of four.

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