Tell Utah Law Makers to give Pre-1992 Child Sex Abuse Victims  a Voice!!!!
  • Petitioned Utah Governor

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Utah Governor
Utah State Senate
Utah State House
Utah-028
State Rep. Brian King
Utah-043
State Rep. Earl Tanner
Utah-053
State Rep. Melvin Brown
Utah-027
State Rep. Michael Kennedy
Utah-007
State Rep. Justin Fawson
Utah-023
State Rep. Jennifer Seelig
Utah-024
State Rep. Rebecca Chavez-Houck
Utah-069
State Rep. Jerry Anderson
Utah
Gov. Gary Herbert
Utah-006
State Rep. Jacob Anderegg
Utah-001
State Rep. Ronda Menlove
Utah-026
State Rep. Angela Romero
Utah-051
State Rep. Gregory Hughes

Tell Utah Law Makers to give Pre-1992 Child Sex Abuse Victims a Voice!!!!

    1. Roger Stephenson
    2. Petition by

      Roger Stephenson

      cottonwood heights, UT

http://www.abc4.com/content/news/links_numbers/story/Victims-want-justice/ILL1akRXVEmXcFSadidYSw.cspx

The above link is the link to the news story that aired last night.

  There are many reasons why a Sex Abuse Victim/Survivor may not come forward in a timely fashion. The abuser may be in a position of authority or power, the damage that is done to the Victim because of the abuse, the sensitivity of the issue, the concern about attention that will be brought upon other family members just to name a few.

In 1992 the time limit for reporting Sex Abuse was removed but Utah Courts are using the  Ex Post Facto Provision in both the US and Utah Constitution, that says "If an act is committed before it is made illegal, an individual can not be punished for said action", as an immunity defense.

This makes no sense because these crimes WERE punishable crimes before 1992. The only change to the statute was the time limit restriction in reporting the crimes, which would seem to open the door for crimes committed at any time. to be reported and  prosecuted.

In my personal case the perpetrator (a retired School Teacher) still works with children and those who participated in the cover up are not being held accountable. I have been told by Law Enforcement  that it was my duty to come forward in a timely manner. In fact I did tell other Employees of the School about the abuse. What about the duty of those Employees to inform Law Enforcement and my Parents about my accusations?

Other States have made specific changes to their statutes that say, "persons or entities can not use tolling as an excuse to be immune to legal action for sex abuse of a child."   

Please tell Utah Law Makers that not making a provision for pre-1992 Survivors is participating in Sex Abuse and it's Cover-Up

 

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    1. Watching the Penn State case closely...

      Roger Stephenson
      Petition Organizer

      The story of the football coach is similar to mine in that nothing was done even after the abuse was reported by another teacher at the school.

    2. Reached 250 signatures
    3. 60 signatures in 2 days!!

      Roger Stephenson
      Petition Organizer

      I am so excited about the signatures I have received in the last couple of days. PLEASE help me promote my petition. Please help my bring my sex abuser to justice. He still works with children and it would mean the world to me to see justice done.

    4. Roger Stephenson
      Petition Organizer

      I talked to a woman from Utah who was molested by her stepfather until she was 16. She finally told her mother who told her never to talk about it. She never did to keep the family together. Years later they both admit it happened. She has emails from her mother attesting to all of the facts but the mother and stepfather both know it is too late for her to do anything. She realizes now her mother only cared about herself but has no recourse to do a thing to protect other children this might be happening to. In another case the father admitted it in court. How many stories like this do people have to hear before someone does the right thing??

    5. Roger Stephenson
      Petition Organizer

      abc4 of Utah did a story on my petition and story. Here is the link

    6. Reached 100 signatures
    7. Roger Stephenson
      Petition Organizer

      I have updated my letter due to feedback I received telling me it was too harsh. Please take a look and see if you still agree.

    8. Roger Stephenson
      Petition Organizer

      California is one of 28 states that have adopted an extension of the statute of limitations based on the "discovery" of child sexual abuse or its effects.

    9. Roger Stephenson
      Petition Organizer

      The below links are all articles concerning other states who have made changes to their sex abuse laws allowing for more victims to come forward.

    10. Roger Stephenson
      Petition Organizer

    11. Roger Stephenson
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    12. Roger Stephenson
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    13. Roger Stephenson
      Petition Organizer

      80 signatures. Off to a good start but I need your help!! Please post to your facebook or email your friends XOXO

    14. Roger Stephenson
      Petition Organizer

      It surprises me still that Utah, the state that talks so much about caring for children has not made a provision for this issue already.

    15. Roger Stephenson
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you everyone for signing. Please pass this along to anyone willing to sign!!

    16. Reached 50 signatures
    17. Roger Stephenson
      Petition Organizer

      Just getting the hang of this. You must provide your name and address to count as a signature. You can uncheck the box that says display my information publicly if you want to remain anonymous! Thanks again everyone!!

    18. Reached 10 signatures
    19. Roger Stephenson
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks for liking my petition everyone. Unfortunately this doesn't count as signature. Please take the time to make this important statement to our legislature.

    20. Reached 5 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Holly Iverson EAGLE, ID
      • over 1 year ago

      victim

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    • Clint Goodman ROY, UT
      • over 1 year ago

      All child abusers should be punished, regardless of when they abuse.

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    • adriane bellard OKC, OK
      • almost 2 years ago

      THIS IS IMPORTANT IN ORDER FOR THE VICTIM TO SURVIVE THE ABUSE AND MOVE FORWARD AND SPEAK OUT

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    • Sloane Petersen OGDEN, UT
      • almost 3 years ago

      Oh yeah my cousin was sexually abused and it took almost 10 years for him to come forward. if the evidence is there it shouldn't matter how long it takes. its wrong and justice should be served.

      I also have a petition going right now. Its to change Utah's strict liquor laws. The state should not be making a profit off of jacking the prices up and being the only people that you can buy liquor from. Lets get the liquor back into the local business where it belongs. Freedom of choice. come and sign

      http://www.change.org/petitions/the-governor-of-ut-get-rid-of-the-stringent-liquor-laws-in-utah

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    • Suzanne West ZEPHYRHILLS, FL
      • almost 3 years ago

      My daughters were sexually abused in Utah by their father and I want them to be able to press charges

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