New law requires sexual assault awareness education

Julie Daurio, Producer | July 19, 2019

Starting this fall, every school district in the state will be required to include age-appropriate sexual abuse and assault awareness education in their curriculum.

Gov. Phil Murphy signed the bill Friday known as “Erin’s Law,” named in honor of Erin Merryn, a survivor of child sexual abuse turned advocate.

First introduced in Merryn’s home state of Illinois, the bill has now been adopted by more than 35 states.

The state’s Department of Education, in consultation with the Department of Children and Families, will develop age-appropriate resources and learning activities for students in preschool through 12th grade.