New law teaches children to protect themselves

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Governor Susana Martinez signed a new law Tuesday to protect children from sexual abuse.

“Erin’s law” provides age-appropriate sexual abuse and assault awareness training in New Mexico’s schools.

Before the signing of Erin’s Law, there were no laws requiring school districts in New Mexico to teach children how to protect themselves.

The law will allow for school employees to be trained to detect and report abuse.

Beginning in Kindergarten through 4th grade, students will learn about identifying safe and unsafe situations and reporting them.

From 5th grade and up, students will learn how to identify risky situations that could harm them.

The law is named for Erin Merryn who was sexually abused and launched a nationwide campaign. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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