On Tuesday’s CrimeLine, Jon Leiberman and I spoke with Erin Merryn, a survivor of child molestation who has now made it her mission to educate children and prevent child sex abuse. Merryn was first sexually abused at age 6 by a friend’s uncle and later abused between the ages of 11 and 13 by a cousin. It wasn’t until she realized her younger sister was suffering the same abuse that she spoke out.
Merryn later published her childhood diaries into a book, telling the heart wrenching tale of what she endured and her stolen innocence. There was not enough evidence to link her first attacker to the abuse she endured and he remains free. Her cousin received a slap on the wrist basically as her parents felt it was too much for her and her sister to have to endure a trial and have their stories questioned…something we’ll be seeing in the upcoming Jerry Sandusky trial.
Yet, Merryn refused to sit idly by and let other children go through the pain and horror she experienced. She has made it her mission to educate children about sexual abuse by promoting the passage of Erin’s Law, which ensures school children will learn about molestation in much the same way they learn about the dangers of drug abuse and “stranger danger.” The law has already passed in four states and may soon pass in New York. Merryn is truly courageous and I encourage everyone to hear her story . Click HERE to watch.