Stand with survivors. We need a vote on the Hidden Predator Act!
Dear [title] [last name],
I am a survivor of child sexual abuse and have been following the progress of SB134, the Hidden Predator’s Act. At your virtual Town Hall Meeting on March 25th, I listened to your concerns about potential constitutional questions and the possible impact on survivors of the lookback window being struck down by the courts. You are right that we would be disappointed. However, we will feel more disappointed and disheartened, and once again silenced and betrayed by those in power, by your failure to bring the bill for a vote.
The issue of constitutionality of the lookback window and the so-called statute of repose has not been decided by the courts. We have heard well-respected legal experts disagree on the issue of constitutionality. Aren't courts, rather than the Chair of a Committee or the advice of one Assistant Attorney General, meant to determine constitutional questions?
As survivors, we know the issue rests with the courts, and we are prepared to take our chances with litigation. The issue of the constitutionality of the lookback window will be decided early in the case—long before the financial and emotional costs of discovery and a trial. If the court strikes down the lookback window; we will know you gave us a chance (and the statute of limitations going forward will be eliminated for our fellow survivors). If the lookback window survives the challenge; by voting the bill out of committee, you will have given survivors the opportunity to finally be heard and for justice to be done.
Will you join the perpetrators and powerful people and institutions who have silenced us for decades? Or, will you hear us, as the House unanimously did, and bring SB134 to a vote, giving us our day in court? A non-vote = a no vote, and you then effectively stand with sexual predators and those who enable them.