10th Annual

Transforming Hurt to Hope Luncheon

Date of Event

November 3, 2022

Time of Event

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location of Event

Edward Hansen Conference Center at Angel of the Winds Arena

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Keynote Speaker

Erin Merryn is an internationally recognized author, speaker, and child abuse advocate and activist. For six years of her childhood, she was sexually abused keeping her secret locked away in her childhood diary. Before graduating high school Erin published her diary into a book called Stolen Innocence. She has since published 4 more books. She earned her BSW from Western Illinois University and MSW from Aurora University.

In 2013 she had Erin’s Law passed in her home state of Illinois. A law that requires personal body safety be taught in public schools every year. 

She has made it her mission to have it passed in all 50 states and has traveled to more than half the country testifying to lawmakers.

Since 2004, Erin has shared her story in over two hundred publications and appeared on Oprah, Today, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, CNN, TLC, Fox, among others. Glamour magazine named Erin Woman of the Year in 2012, and People magazine named her one of fifteen women changing the world in 2014. Erin lives in Chicago, Illinois where she is married and the mother of three girls and welcomed a baby boy in March of 2022.

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Thank you to our Sponsors

Arlington Police Officer’s Association 

Gayle Ossenkop-Faubion Family


Dawson Place Child Advocacy Center

(425) 789-3000


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