“Need to hear encouraging news? Here’s some.”
On the surface, the words “rape” and “hope” are similar. They rarely belong in the same sentence. But here’s an exception: Recent changes in rape laws give us hope.
Thanks to the courage of victims of sexual violence, who are gaining more strength and getting more political, 28 states now have no statute of limitations on rape.
Is that enough? Of course not. Is that dramatic progress over the past few years? You bet it is.
And the long-term trends look good for us. More and more lawmakers (and judges and cops and prosecutors and jurors) are seeing just how irresponsible and hurtful these predator-friendly deadlines are.
And this is true in cases of sexual violence against kids too, not just adults.
(See recent headway on this front in Georgia: https://verdict.justia.com/2015/05/14/a-mid-year-report-on-child-sex-abuse-victims-access-to-justice-in-2015)
“The moral arc of the universe is long,” Martin Luther King told us, “but it bends towards justice.”
Thanks to all of you who are, through your bravery and persistence and advocacy, helping it bend more quickly!
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
The Attorneys General of forty states have inquired about the grand jury process in Pennsylvania. Let's get statewide investigations going in fifty states.
Note to Letter Writers
Use your own words and style of writing. Cut and paste from the templates as you wish. Include your experiences, whether as a survivor or as a member of the community. And relate your letter to the state you were abused in or state now living in.