Unanimous vote in support of child sexual abuse survivors.
Contact: Jeff Dion, 703.371.6787, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Minnesota Senate unanimously stood up for victims of sexual abuse. In a stunning 66-0 vote, law-makers abolished the statute of limitations on child sexual abuse. They also voted in favor of a three year window to allow adult survivors of child sexual abuse to hold accountable their abusers and the institutions that sheltered them.
The Child Victims Act puts the protection of children ahead of the protection of institutional reputations. It sends a strong message to those powerful vested interests who lobbied against protecting children that the people of Minnesota and their elected officials will not tolerate sexual abuse.
“This is a tremendous victory for child victims. Perpetrators and institutions will now be on notice that they can no longer run out the clock on justice,” said Jeff Dion, victims’ rights advocate, survivor, and Deputy Director of the National Center for Victims of Crime.
In a week where three survivors of abduction and sexual abuse have been safely returned to their homes, it is important for us to recognize that every day in every state of America children are sexually abused. Most are not abducted, but are abused in their own homes or by people they trust.
The Cleveland case and the Child Victims Act highlight the need for our communities to do everything in our power to prevent child sex abuse and support child victims and adult survivors.
The Child Victims Act now goes back to the Minnesota House for approval in its current form.
The National Center for Victims of Crime, established in 1985, is the nation’s leading resource and advocacy organization for crime victims and those who serve them. For more than 25 years, the National Center has led this nation’s struggle to provide crime victims with the rights, protections, and services they need to rebuild their lives.