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TV To Watch: Breaking the Silence

Social worker and sexual abuse survivor Erin Merryn. Screenshot courtesy of TLC.

Social worker and sexual abuse survivor Erin Merryn. Screenshot courtesy of TLC.

TLC on August 30, 2015 aired “Breaking the Silence,” a public service program that features social worker and sexual abuse survivor Erin Merryn.

A relative and family friend abused Merryn as a child. After a suicide attempt she opened up about her trauma and decided to help others.

Watch the TLC program “Breaking the Silence” online.

Merryn wrote a book “Stolen Innocence” and lobbied to have Erin’s Law passed in all 50 states. The law calls for schools to educate children about sexual abuse prevention.

As of this year Erin’s Law has passed in 26 states and is pending in 24 others.

To learn how to support people who are survivors of sexual abuse read this article on the National Association of Social Workers’ “Help Starts Here” website. You can also read “Three Questions About Sexual Abuse” on the website. Also search past SocialWorkersSpeak.org articles to read more about Merryn.

 

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