ERIN'S LAW (SB 856)
WHAT IS ERIN'S LAW
In 2015, the Oregon legislature passed SB 856, also known as Erin’s Law. Erin’s Law requires the development and adoption of child sexual abuse prevention programs for students in kindergarten through 12th grade in all Oregon public schools.
SB 856 mandates that all Oregon Public Schools provide:
A minimum of 4 instructional sessions (equal to or greater than a standard class period) of sex abuse prevention instruction per year for grades kindergarten through 12.
At most grade levels, sexual violence prevention (Erin’s Law) curriculum is worked into comprehensive sexuality education.
Instruction that is age appropriate, medically accurate, and is not shame or fear based.
Instruction that is culturally inclusive and is responsive to diverse students including race, ethnicity, gender identity and sexual orientation.
A parental involvement component to inform parents about child sexual abuse topics.
A professional training component for administrators, teachers and other school personnel.