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Make Illinois a Safer State from Sex Offenders: There is No Tolerance for Sexual Violence

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I have suffered with PTSD for forty years, stemming from the sexual abuse I suffered as a child and also the sexual assault that was committed by a coworker close to twenty years ago.  I never reported the sexual assault.  Approximately ninety percent of victims of sexual assault knew their attacker prior to the assault, yet only twenty percent of victims ever report the assault.  Sexual assault is one of the most underreported crimes with a sexual assault occurring every two minutes in the U.S.  Illinois' current statute of limitations on sexual assault gives its victims a short time to report the attack, leaving individuals who commit sexual assault offenses freedom from ever serving justice for their crimes.  When individuals who commit sexual assault offenses are not apprehended and prosecuted they are likely to repeat sex offenses.  Knowing the devastating effects of sexual assault to its victims, more needs to be done to protect individuals, both in reporting their attack and the time frame allowed. 

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