Tell lawmakers that you want them to protect ALL victims of sexual abuse :
Even after the Penn State Scandal and The Catholic Church Abuse Scandal, our children are still being put at risk everyday by Pennsylvania lawmakers. The current childhood sexual abuse laws do not identify all sexual predators due to the firm statute of limitations. This means our children could be among sex offenders that Pennsylvania Law has said cannot be identified publicly.
There is no statute of limitations on murder, but children who have been stripped of a happy life must heal against the ticking of a clock. Further, if they don't heal and face their attackers, more children could be victimized by the same offender!
In order to rectify the current laws, there are two proposed bills: PA HB 878 and PA HB 832. These bills will not only protect our children, they allow all victims of abuse to seek justice. They either eliminate statutes of limitations or offer a window of time for all victims to come forward. States such as California and Delaware have already changed their laws in-line with these actions.
However, Bills 878 and 832 have been in existence for almost a year, but hidden in committee by Rep. Ron Marsico (R., Dauphin), Judiciary Committee Chair. It is reported they are never discussed. There is no hearing scheduled for these bills, which would allow them later to be voted in as law.
SIGN this petition to tell Chairmen Ron Marsico (R., Dauphin) to stop hiding these bills and schedule hearings for them immediately!
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Laura’s story is a perfect example:
At age eight, Laura’s mother forced Laura to stay weekends with an uncle “to keep him company.” Her uncle showed Laura adult movies, walked around the apartment naked and slept in bed with her in order to molest and rape her. This abuse continued for years. At age 11, Laura’s older brother began visiting her at night to molest her. He also allowed himself access to her bedroom through hidden video cameras, wherein he videotaped her dressing and undressing. Laura’s brother later tried to sell these videos to his friends and acquaintances. Laura continually reported the abuse to her mother, who called her a liar and later told her the abuse was Laura’s fault.
From the age of eight, Laura dangled in and out of depression, taking different forms of medication, suicidal thoughts and an inability to be a productive person. After high school, she moved away, but kept loyal ties to her family. It was not until Laura was in her thirties that she broke ties with her family and sought justice.
Unfortunately, Laura found that the statute of limitations had run out. Her brother, mother, and uncle can not be charged criminally or taken to civil court. They also cannot be identified as sex offenders in order to protect other children. All three people who abused Laura are currently living in Pennsylvania without sexual offender identification due to the current Pennsylvania statute of limitations. They live near schools, playgrounds, and homes with small children. It cannot be known if any other children have been abused at the hands of these people.
Laura’s story is only one story in a sea of thousands of silenced victims. Sign this petition right now.
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