Abolish the statute of limitations involving sexual abuse in all 50 states

Abolish the statute of limitations involving sexual abuse in all 50 states

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Hi, my name is Emilie Diaz, I'm 16, and I am a victim of sexual assault. I say this with the sole purpose of explaining how I coped with the trauma, and how the statute of limitations involving sexual abuse does more harm than good. I didn't remember the events until almost 4 years later. I started having flashbacks and nightmares, and eventually I started to remember the occurrences and the memories started to fit like puzzle pieces. I say this to show how trauma manifests itself in different ways for everyone. In my case, I subconsciously repressed it because I could not process what happened. 

I recently found out that 3 people I love deeply were sexually abused, and that because of the statute of limitations involving sexual abuse in their state, there is little that can be done. In their experience, they did not remember the assaults until a few weeks ago. By now it has been years since the assaults, and because of the statute of limitations, they cannot press charges. The statute of limitations says that after a certain amount of time, legal action cannot be taken. This enables sexual abusers to continue to harm other people. 

If we do not make a change now, we are allowing predators to continue abusing others. I'm hoping that with this petition, I can get enough signatures and support to have this law be repealed in all 50 states. We need to get justice for victims of sexual assault and do whatever we can to prevent other people from becoming victims. 

 

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