What Is Erin’s Law?
Erin's law was signed into legislation in 2015 and applies to all Oregon Public Schools. Otherwise known as Senate Bill 856, Erin's Law requires all public schools to develop child sexual abuse prevention programs.
SB 856 mandates that all Oregon Public Schools provide:
- A minimum of 4 sex abuse prevention lessons per year for each kindergarten-12th grade class
- Sexual abuse instruction that is integrated and part of required district comprehensive sexuality education plan and is aligned with state standards.
- Instruction that is age appropriate, medically accurate, and is not shame or fear based.
- Instruction that is culturally inclusive and is responsive to diverse students including race, ethnicity, gender identity and sexual orientation.
- A parental involvement component to inform parents about child sexual abuse topics.
- A professional training component for administrators, teachers and other school personnel.