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The author of Erin’s Law, who is a childhood sexual abuse survivor herself, is the featured speaker at the 14th annual Circle of Friends breakfast Wednesday benefiting For The Child.

Erin Merryn was a victim of rape and incest starting at 6 years old, and became an advocate for children when she became an adult. She says her quest is to have all 50 states pass a version of Erin’s Law, which requires public schools to teach students how to tell on anyone who touches or attempts to touch their private parts.

So far, 21 states, including California, have passed the law. Merryn’s nonprofit is located in Illinois, and she has told her personal story in a series of three books.

For The Child was formed in 1974 in Long Beach to advocate for children and help those who are abused or neglected. A program to help sexual assault victims began in 1984.

Wednesday’s breakfast starts at 7:30 a.m. at the Long Beach Hilton ballroom. Tickets are available by calling (562) 422-8472, ext. 103, or emailing

—Harry Saltzgaver

Harry has been executive editor of Gazette Newspapers for more than 26 years. He has been in the newspaper business for more than 35 years, with experience on both weekly and metropolitan daily papers in Colorado and California.

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