WCTC Speaker Series Presents Erin Merryn: A Voice for the Voiceless

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WCTC Speaker Series Presents Erin Merryn: A Voice for the Voiceless

Merryn is a speaker, author, activist and the driving force behind Erin's Law, the first US child sexual abuse prevention education law.

By Waukesha County Technical College

When and where

Date and time

Tuesday, April 11 · 11:30am - 1:30pm CDT


Waukesha County Technical College 800 Main Street Anthony J. Natalizio Center (Building S) Pewaukee, WI 53072

About this event

  • 2 hours
  • Mobile eTicket

Erin Merryn is an internationally recognized author, speaker, and child abuse advocate and activist. She earned her MSW from Aurora University. For six years of her childhood she was sexually abused keeping her secret locked away in her childhood diary. Before graduating high school Erin published her diary into a book called Stolen Innocence. She has since published four more books.

In 2013 she had Erin’s Law passed in her home state of Illinois, a law that requires personal body safety to be taught in public schools every year. She has made it her mission to have it passed in all 50 states. Currently Erin’s Law is in 38 states and Kerala, India.

Since 2004, Erin has shared her story in over two hundred publications and appeared on Oprah, OWN, Today, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, CNN, Fox, Katie Couric, Tamron Hall and MSNBC, among others. In 2015 she was featured in the documentary Breaking the Silence on TLC. Glamour magazine named Erin Woman of the Year and People magazine named her one of 15 women changing the world.

Erin lives in Chicago, Illinois where she is married and the mother of four.

Book Signing

Erin's books Stolen Innocence and An Unimaginable Act will be available to purchase at the event. Erin will be signing books immediately following her presentation.


WCTC is committed to providing equitable access to learning opportunities. If you have a documented disability that requires accommodations, please let us know in advance so that we can accommodate your needs.


10:30 AM

Doors Open

11:00 AM

Light Lunch Served

11:30 AM

Welcome & Introductions: Sherry Simmons

11:35 AM

Keynote: Erin Merryn

1:00 PM

Book Signing

About the organizer

WCTC is part of the Wisconsin Technical College System offering hands-on higher education in over 170 areas of study.