- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 4, 2014

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico public school students will be taught about sexual abuse prevention under legislation that Gov. Susana Martinez has signed into law.

Martinez signed “Erin’s law” on Tuesday in Albuquerque, saying the state is taking “one step forward in protecting New Mexico’s children.”

The measure unanimously passed the Legislature.

New Mexico becomes the 10th state to enact such a law.

The measure will require teachers and other licensed school personnel to be trained in detecting and reporting sexual abuse and assault.

Starting in the 2014-2015 school year, elementary, middle and high school students must be taught in health education courses about reporting and preventing sexual abuse.

The law is named after sexual abuse survivor Erin Merryn of Illinois. She advocates for programs to teach children about sexual abuse.

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