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Remove the statute of limitations to be able to prosecute a sexual abuser/rapist/pedophile

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I was sexually abused by my step father when I was 11 and then again when I was 14. I told my mom and sister when it first started and they didn't believe me. My step father told them it was just my imagination. He did it at night so he could try to tell me I was dreaming. But I woke up with his hand down my underwear. When I caught him he ran up the stairs. An innocent person doesn't run away. When I was 14, I was afraid to tell anyone because no one would hear my voice. A teacher noticed how depressed I was and asked me what was going on. He then reported my step father to the police. The police came to my house along with a social worker and he and my mom lied to them and said I had never said anything and nothing happened. Nothing was investigated further. I was devastated.  He tried to touch me every chance he got and tried to act like it was an accident. Then they gave me $1,000 to keep quiet and I blew that money on meaningless things just to get rid of it. I didn't want that money. Then my step father took my mom on the honeymoon they never had and she came back pregnant. She has stayed with this man because he takes care of her and my little brother financially. They kept living like nothing happened and I had to keep my mouth shut and pretend so that my little brother didn't grow up in darkness and tension all the time. Since then, I found out that my step father looks at child pornography and I told my mom about it and she said she doesn't care what he looks at. I have been in therapy for years (I am 31 now and have a family of my own and a 6 year old son that I am protecting. He will not be lied to and manipulated by those people) and I finally found the strength to open my mouth. I told them that I refuse to keep pretending that everything is ok. All I want is for them to take responsibility for their choices. My step father for what he did and lying about it and my mother to apologize for not protecting me from her pedophile husband. But they say that I am the one ruining the apparent "togetherness" of the family. I felt the right thing to do now is to report him to the police because I just don't feel it's ok to know that he's still looking at child pornography but they said it is too late to do anything. This man is sick and who knows how many girls he has abused. At this point I want to protect my little niece who is about to be 6 years old. They take care of her and are around her a lot. And my little brother is 15 now and he has girl friends that are not safe from that man either. What I want is to protect my family and anyone else this sick and perverted man can come close to. How could it be too late? This man is a danger to young girls. I want to believe that my voice matters and that I can help people that have been through similar or worse things. It makes me sick that these pedophiles and rapists are out free because we waited too long. When I get asked "why now?" I say because I finally have the strength to stand up for myself and I have the emotional support to open my mouth and speak the truth. I understand why people don't say anything because they are afraid. And finally when we are not afraid there is nothing that can be done? It's not fair. I know I'm not the only one. It's not about me anymore. There are too many people suffering in silence and there are too many sick people out there that should be locked away.



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