Petition for legislation to abolish the statute of limitation for sexual abuse actions.
Statutes of limitations on childhood sexual abuse are far too short. In far too many states, the statute of limitations typically ran before the victims were even psychologically capable of filing charges or suing for damages. And this legal reality doubtless enabled accusers to continue with their predations.Getting rid of the statute of limitations on child sexual abuse should be a top priority.There are eighteen states that have no statute of limitations for such abuse. Other states should follow suit and abolish theirs. There is no excuse for a statute that begins to run before the victim is a well into adulthood with the maturity to be able to withstand the gauntlet of prosecution and litigation.
Statutes of limitations are not mandated by the Constitution, nor are they set in stone. They are merely procedural, technical rules.
Indeed, when pedophiles \"rest easy,\" we should all be afraid. Pedophiles rarely have only one victim; giving them a \"bye\" for past abuse, simply because the abuse occurred a certain number of years ago, only puts other victims in danger.
My name is Eric Smith, I am sponsoring this petition.I am the victim of sexual abuse myself.
So no matter what your story may be, victims of sexual abuse dont deserve having a time limit on when they should report their abuse.
If you ever find yourself in my shoes, and no one will listen or help you.Fight tooth and nail til you get justice.It\'s what all victims of sexual abuse deserve, regardless of \"time limits\"!
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