Erin's Law... Good or Bad?


#1

Hello,

I have a daughter that goes to 1st grade. We had received a letter from school that Illinois has passed Erin’s Law or Act 097-1147 (link to author’s site: erinmerryn.net/erins-law.html) . I’m wondering whether or not the content is appropriate for kids that are 6 or 7 years old.

Part of the Law state: “Comprehensive Health Education Program shall include age-appropriate sexual abuse and assault awareness and prevention education in grades pre-kindergarten through 12” .

We’re Catholic and want to protect the kids from exposure to any inappropriate content. Where they say “age-appropriate”, it still raises a lot of questions whether or not my child should attend this session. I wonder if anoyone has heard about this and can help me figure out what to do?

Thank you!!


#2

Laws that work to prevent child abuse and educate are rarely “bad”.
The question for me is: Who decided what is age-appropriate? And what exactly IS the content for Kindergarten children? How much farther than what any parent would teach their child?
Are there explicit sexual ideas being brought up?
Is there a specific program? Or do schools get to decide for themselves?
I taught in the Catholic schools, and believe me, there is a very WIDE range of what publishers will sell as “age-appropriate”.
I think it’s wonderful that this young girl wants to save other children from this horror.
I just wonder how they plan to have it implemented?
I couldn’t tell if it was a packaged curriculum.
peace


#3

If you’re Catholic and you have placed your child in public school, then it is a little too late to worry whether she will be exposed to inappropriate content there.


#4

It looks like the law leaves it open for the school to choose from several types of programs. The best thing to do would be find out which sort of program or curriculum your child’s school is using and review it ahead of time.

My husband and I had custody for my sister’s children a few years ago and one of the boys went through classes like this in either 1st or 2nd grade. It was mostly emphasis on which areas were private - they used things covered by a swimsuit as an example. And “yell and tell”, teaching children that if anyone tried to touch them in those areas to yell, try to get away, and immediately tell an adult.

There was also discussion about secrets and how to tell a secret from a surprise - I forget the exact wording, but the distinction was made between a surprise - something good where the parent would find out the truth soon - and a “bad secret” something they were supposed to not ever tell or to not tell because of shame or fear, and how they should not feel like they had to keep bad secrets and should tell adults immediately.

Overall, I thought the way it was taught in his class was pretty good and I do believe there is a need for this type of thing at an early age. I do volunteer work with women and girls who have been victims of human trafficking, usually for sexual purposes, and with other survivors of the sex industry and a majority of both were sexually abused as children. Many did not know what to do or how to report it, and many kept silent out of fear or shame, so hopefully this law will help children who are victimized to know how to speak out and get help.


#5

Not everyone has the choice. And the OP is certainly right to look into this.


#6

In theory, it’s a noble idea. In practice, it’s going to be very difficult to implement.


#7

Prayer is first and foremost. Conversion of our hearts then conversion of our nation. We need to see this as more than a natural battle. It IS a natural battle but not it is not merely a natural battle.

Protect the innocence of our children.

Let little boys think about little boy things.

Let little girls think about little girl things.

Our kids need to be allowed to be kids (the experts sometimes call this their “Latency Stage”).

Their innocence is their friend, not their foe.

Little-children-thoughts are NOT dwelling on sex-talk and sex-pictures in school or anywhere else. Let our children be children and think little-children thoughts.

Let the responsibility for protection, detection and intervention be with adults. Don’t shift the responsibility for protection of the children onto the children.

I am not saying kids should not be forewarned about these issues. I am saying the parents are the best ones who know how much and when these teachings should be given.

Some will object and say: “Well parents are not doing their job.” To that I say some parents do.

I would also say government “programs” and the depending primarily upon society (judges, elected officials, etc.) for protection of our children has been a dismal failure.

But then we need to get serious as a society about protecting our children from these shenanigans.

Attacks on our children have been occurring from many areas—TV, the web, video games, billboards, music, school teachings, the judiciary inventing pornography as “protected speech”, judges affirming child pornography as AOK as long as it is “virtual” child porn (here), redefining marriage (don’t think future re-definitions of “marriage” won’t directly include children too eventually), government sponsored gender confusion, more government “programs”, etc.

So far many in society have been part of the problem rather than the solution.

Who has the charism to decide what is best for a given child and when? The parents. Not judges, not schoolteachers, not Hollywood, not advertising agencies, not “the village”, not politicians, certainly not the UN, and not government “programs”.


#8

Teaching children how to protect themselves from sexual predators is, unfortunately, essential in the modern world.

However, I would not allow a young child of mine to participate in any public school program dealing with sexual issues. Public schools are very much on board with the modern agenda to indoctrinate children early to accept the modern, pagan, view of sexuality. It is highly probably that your child would be given information that you don’t want her to have. And it is pretty much guaranteed that they won’t teach Catholic sexual morality. Even if the materials to be used do not include questionable material there is no way to assure that the instructors won’t add it during the session.

Is there any chance that the local Diocese has programs to teach your children about this? I know there are resources available such as: childluresprevention.com/faith-based/index.asp. And there are probably others.

I’m sure you aren’t the only parent with this issue. Getting the Church involved might be the best way around this.


#9

What “pagan view of sexuality” do you think a public school is teaching a kindergartner? :confused:

What if the parents are the ones sexually abusing the child?


#10

I would like to thank each and every one of you for taking time to answer my question. THANK YOU!

Some of you brought up very important points which will help me take next steps. As a starter, I have emailed school principal to provide the materials that will be used in class. Once i get them, I will review and decide whether it’s appropriate. I will make sure to post my findings.

Thank you again. Will pray for you all

-Marcin


#11

Pagans and neo-pagans generally view any sexual behavior as acceptable as long as both parties consent. They also support both contraception and abortion. All of these are against Catholic teachings.

Programs used in public schools almost universally support these beliefs also. And although the specifics of these behaviors may not be presented to a kindergartner it is a pretty safe bet the the positive attitudes towards them will be present.

I personally would not be comfortable allowing people who do not have moral beliefs that mirror my own to teach my child about sex. Others might be OK with it, it is a personal choice each must make.


#12

VeritasLuxMea

If by this . . . .

What if the parents are the ones sexually abusing the child?

. . . You are asking, “How should we remedy this terrible situation that sometimes occurs?” . . . You will need a better mind than me. Whatever the answer is though, it will be beyond mere politics.

But if by this . . . .

What if the parents are the ones sexually abusing the child?

. . . . You are saying; “Society should fight abusing children by abusing children (with institutional sex ed).” I disagree.

To fight this scourge will take enormous grace and parents and society being serious about protecting their children. How should we (by the grace of God) do it? I am not sure. But I am sure how NOT to do it.

The kids get maybe a year of physics, botany, piano, foreign language, etc. if they are fortunate. They get thirteen years of sex ed in some places (often disguised as “health” class). This has not helped the children with their education and it has not helped stem the abuse issue (and may have contributed to it).


#13

While Im not sure about 1st graders knowing about this kind thing, I do think they need to start educating kinds at a younger age than in past years.

I am 39 years old, and started becoming sexually active at the age of 12-13, alot of my friends back then were also starting to have their 1st experiences as well. This was back in the 1980s though, and we all know kids start younger and younger these days, so I definitely think they need to know the facts versus the ‘wrong facts’ they hear on the playground and from friends who think they know the truth about such things.

I would never suggest sex education for a 1st grader though! Probably the best grade to start teaching this kind of thing would be 4th or 5th grade. GEEZ, this sounds crazy saying such a thing, but when I look back at my own life and other friends, we were involved in this in 6th grade, so I guess its not a stretch in these modern times!!!


#14

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