DANBURY, Conn. -- Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman was joined by state leaders, local officials, and representatives from Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Services to mark the passage of Erin's Law, a statewide sexual abuse and assault awareness program.
Signed into law by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on June 11, Erin’s Law requires the Department of Children and Families, the Department of Education, and sexual abuse prevention organizations to identify or develop age-appropriate sexual abuse prevention programs to raise awareness of and prevent sexual assault for children from grades kindergarten through 12.
“Eradicating the culture of silence and isolation around sexual assault is key to protecting young people,” Wyman said in a statement. “Governor Malloy and I are committed to the health and well-being of Connecticut’s children and teens. Erin’s Law prioritizes efforts to give students the language and resources they need to respond to a threat or get help if they are victimized. This is important information that can help keep young people safe.”
Connecticut Boards of Education have until Oct. 1, 2015 to implement the new curricula in grades K-12, which must include education materials and reporting and response policy.