Action Diary - Tree Climbers: SB-131 - California Statute of Limitations
"They know they don't have to keep their victims quiet forever, just long enough to run out the clock."
As has been previously discussed, one of the major issues regarding childhood sexual abuse and justice is that the statute of limitations vary state to state. Often times, the statute has run out by the time a victim/survivor is ready to talk about what happened to them. However, many states are re-visiting this issue and some are making changes:
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.