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Schaumburg native receives "Champion for Children Award"

With Dixon Police Chief Dan Langloss at her side, Schaumburg native Erin Merryn reacts to receiving the “Champion for Children Award” from the Children’s Advocacy Center on Monday during a luncheon at Indian Lakes Resort in Bloomingdale. Merryn helped pass “Erin’s Law,” which went into effect earlier this year and mandates sexual abuse awareness programs in all Illinois schools.

With Dixon Police Chief Dan Langloss at her side, Schaumburg native Erin Merryn reacts to receiving the "Champion for Children Award" from the Children's Advocacy Center on Monday during a luncheon at Indian Lakes Resort in Bloomingdale. Merryn helped pass "Erin's Law," which went into effect earlier this year and mandates sexual abuse awareness programs in all Illinois schools.

 

Mark Black | Staff Photographer

Erin Merryn speaks after receiving the “Champion for Children Award” from the Children’s Advocacy Center on Monday during a luncheon at Indian Lakes Resort in Bloomingdale.

Erin Merryn speaks after receiving the "Champion for Children Award" from the Children's Advocacy Center on Monday during a luncheon at Indian Lakes Resort in Bloomingdale.

 

Mark Black | Staff Photographer

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By Daily Herald staff report

Erin Merryn received the "Champion for Children Award" from the Children's Advocacy Center during a surprise presentation at the Indian Lakes Resort in Bloomingdale on Monday.

The Schaumburg native helped pass "Erin's Law," which went into effect in January. It mandates sexual abuse awareness programs in all Illinois schools.

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Merryn was abused as a child and has dedicated her time to making sure other children don't have to go through what she did.

Richard Calica, director of Department of Child and Family Services, said at the presentation that Merryn is a "loud unwavering voice" and "is forcing eyes to open" to the issue of child abuse.

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