July 2011

July 13, 1996 was the day that changed the trajectory of my life. 15 years ago to the date, I left my job singing a Natalie Merchant song aloud to myself as I walked to my car when I was abducted at knifepoint. I may have been a victim that day, but today I am an empowered survivor…and thriver! I founded PAVE because after I was assaulted, countless people disclosed that they had been affected by sexual violence as well – but nearly all of them by someone who they knew and trusted. I travel the country and abroad educating audiences and engaging men and women to take an active role in this issue.

Thank you to model, TV host, and PAVE Ambassador April Rose for making the video below and thanks to Glenn from 220 Communications for this post: http://t.co/7nRGDiI

Please share any comments or feedback here – I’d love to hear from you!

Please visit PAVE’s website and sign up for our email alerts! www.ShatteringTheSilence.org

We must be the voice for everyone who has been silenced by violence!

PAVE Ambassador Erin Merryn has been a champion of shattering the silence of childhood sexual abuse for years. Her latest achievement is the passing of Erin’s Law signed by Gov Quinn in the State of Illinois earlier this year.

The purpose of this law is to inform and protect students from sexual abuse. To mandate school districts implement and educate students on sexual abuse. School boards will adopt age appropriate curriculum on sexual abuse education to students grades pre-k through 5th grade. Education in schools is an effective method for preventing children from falling prey to sexual abuse or stay silent if it does occur.

URGENT ACTION NEEDED! We want Erin’s Law in all 50 states! About a half dozen states have Erin’s Law in the works, however we can speed up time with President acting now or soon on this! Please send a copy of this letter to Arnie Duncan at the US Dept of Education.  Click here to download the letter – ArneDuncanletter-1 – please add your name at the bottom and send in the next few days! You can send via snail mail and email: Arne.Duncan@ed.gov

Watch Erin on Oprah: