is considered the first widely known case of protecting a child from abusive parents. Her protection came through a lawyer hired by the Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Apparently until 1874, there was no need of a justice system to address the care and protection of children.
Things have changed, now there are laws designed to criminalize the abuse of children but they depend on others witnessing and being willing to report.
Now we have a new law. Erins Law. This law mandates educational programs in the school system teaching children how to know they need and can get help. So we (as victims of sexual abuse) don’t have to wait until someone else notices we are being hurt. Here is where you can find out more, http://www.tlc.com/tv-shows/tlc-presents/videos/erin-merryn-breaking-the-silence/ .
What a step forward.
For more information on Erin http://erinslaw.org/