Coos County schools move closer to implementing Erin's Law curriculum

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COOS BAY, Ore. -- Schools in Coos County are a step closer to implementing the Erin's Law curriculum, which focuses on the prevention of sexual abuse.

The Kids' Hope Center recently received a $5,000 grant from the Cow Creek Tribe.

The money will be used to provide age appropriate instruction on child sexual abuse prevention, healthy relationships, and goal setting.

The state legislature passed a law two years ago requiring schools to provide that training.

Officials at Kids' Hope Center say last year they investigated more than 400 cases of child abuse.

"Ultimately our hope is that the kids will be equipped to know what to do,” says the center’s director, Joanne Shorb. “We teach them about 'stranger danger'…you teach them what to do in case of an earthquake or a fire drill, but you don't ever teach kids what to do if their personal boundaries are crossed, and it's time that they got that information so they know and can protect themselves."

The Kids' Hope Center helps with child abuse investigations throughout Coos County.

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