Support Donna's Law and End Sex Crimes Against Children in Florida

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Donna Hedrick
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Most perpetrators who sexually abuse children do not stop with just one victim. Often the victims are young and do not report the abuse until much later.  That was the case with several women here in Orlando who were abused by a former teacher. While Donna was only one of the women, she represents many more throughout the state who have been silenced by statute of limitations.  Lets end that in 2020 and protect future generations of children from predators.

Donna's Story:  One of my teachers at Oak Ridge High School in Orlando, FL, sexually abused me when I was two weeks past my 15th. birthday.  After burying this deep within me for more than 40 years, I was contacted by another woman who was also abused by him.  We have now found out about 5 women who were his victims in the early 1970's.  

Two of us have met with him.  He admitted his crimes, and that he would do whatever we wanted to keep us quiet.  One of the women asked him to help her get her high school diploma (she was 1 1/2 credits short because when she went to the guidance counselor at the school, he told her nobody would believe her.  She quit coming to school because she was so uncomfortable around him.)  I asked him to voluntarily register as a sexual predator, but he slammed his fist on the table and said he would never do that. 

We want the statute of limitations for these crimes to be abolished.  It is entirely unfair to draw an arbitrary line for those who can be prosecuted, and those who cannot.  It is not right that so many of us suffer, and cannot get any justice for what happened.  Finding out there were others was the most devastating news I ever heard, and increased my feelings of guilt over what happened with this man.  He feels no guilt and has never suffered any consequences for his criminal behavior.  

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