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Fight for House Bill 687, the "Hidden Predator Act of 2019"

Samira Jones
Washington, DC, United States

Apr 25, 2019 — 

In recent news, Delegate CT Wilson sponsored Maryland House Bill 687 which would allow victims of child sex abuse to hold their predators accountable for their crimes. The bill would eliminate the statutes of limitations for civil claims against perpetrators as well as include a two-year look-back window, which will be a time that victims in cases where the statute of limitation had expired can come forth as well.

CT Wilson, also a survivor of child sex abuse at the hands of his stepfather has been courageous in his efforts to stand up, share his story and fight for other victims past and present, to be able to feel what they are feeling without having to have a time stamp on their emotions and ability to come forth.

I too can identify with the shame, embarrassment, and even responsibility of others, in not wanting to come forward until my early 20s.

No one should have the authority to tell us when and how to heal. It is a personal process and journey that only we can go through.  When we do not hold these pedophiles accountable, we are allowing them to continiue their predatory behavior.  Jena Chochrane, a survivor who attended the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee said it best when she stated, "You as a victim sometimes get a life sentence, while the law protects perpetrators with a statute of limitations. That's notfair. We want an opportunity so that when we're brave enough to come forward, we have a platform to speak."

Several other states have begun to take consideration of the effects of those who have been affected by these unfortunate moments and have lifted the very tool that is keeping these men and women lurking. Please support Maryland in being the next state to follow suite in providing, peace, justice, closure, and healing for the innocent who some are serving an emotional life sentence.

Thank you,

Samira Jones

 


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