Erin Merryn is an internationally recognized author, speaker, and child abuse advocate and activist. She earned her MSW from Aurora University. For six years of her childhood she was sexually abused keeping her secret locked away in her childhood diary. Before graduating high school Erin published her diary into the book Stolen Innocence.
Erin founded Erin’s Law and in 2013 she had Erin’s Law passed in her home state of Illinois. Erin’s Law is the first US law requiring sexual abuse prevention education in public schools. Erin has been traveling state to state testifying to lawmakers to pass Erin’s law for 7 years. It has been passed in 35 states as of June 2018. Erin has made it her mission to have it passed in all 50 states and won’t quit until it does.
Erin’s media appearances have included CNN, TLC Breaking the Silence Documentary TODAY show, ABC Nightline, CNN, Inside Edition, MSNBC, Oprah Winfrey, FOX, Katie Couric, Montel Williams, and Good Morning America. Erin has appeared in People Magazine, Glamour Magazine, Time Magazine, The London Times, USA Today, Chicago Tribune, and The Daily Herald.
In December 2010 the Daily Herald voted Erin News Maker of the Year, Glamour magazine named her Woman of the Year in 2012, and People magazine named her one of fifteen Women Changing the World in 2014.
Erin has written two more books, Living for Today and An Unimaginable Act, and is currently writing a 4th book.