Become a part of the national movement to protect children and hold abusers and those who harbor them accountable.
This One Minute petition will help victims of child sexual abuse of all ages.
Key States Currently Considering the Child Victim Act
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The sexual abuse of children is a public health epidemic in the United States. Recent child sex abuse cases at Penn State University, the release of documents concerning sexual abuse and the Boy Scouts and consistent reports of abuse within California institutions such as Miramonte Elementary School are recent examples.
Research has shown that as many as one in four women and one in five men suffered abuse as a child and that almost 90% of abuse never gets reported. Those that do come forward find themselves barred by the legal technicality of a statute of limitation. Considering how long victims often take to find the courage to speak out, statutes of limitation are woefully short and act as an arbitrary barrier to justice.
VIDEO: Judiciary Committee OKs Minnesota Child Victims Act, The Patch, February 28, 2013
Sen. Ron Latz (District 46) persuaded fellow Senate Judiciary Committee members to support the “Minnesota Child Victims Act” that he co-authored.
The committee voted 5-3 on Thursday to approve a bill that would end the statute of limitations that requires victims of sexual abuse to file a lawsuit within six years of becoming an adult. If the bill becomes law, victims could file a lawsuit at any time, regardless of how long ago the abuse occurred.