In a huge victory for innocent kids and a huge defeat for child molesters, the Illinois Senate today passed a bill permanently lifting the civil statute of limitations on child sex crimes. (SB 1399, sponsored by Sen. Link and others)
This measure will stop more sex offenders. It enables child sex abuse victims to expose dangerous predators in court. It enables employers and neighbors and even relatives to learn about and protect themselves from child molesters who otherwise would have stayed “under the radar.”
Illinois kids are safer now because more child molesters will face justice.
Kids are safest when predators are jailed. But that can’t always happen. So the next best option is to expose predators. Our civil justice system should do a better job of this. When this bill becomes law, that will happen.
We hope the Illinois House will promptly pass this bill. We urge Illinois citizens to call their representatives and urge them to put the safety of kids first.
Every parent in the state should be grateful to the hard-working individuals at the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault. Their dedication is largely what made this progress possible. We in SNAP deeply appreciate their dedication and support.
For more information, please contact Lyn Schollett or Polly Poskins at ICASA (217-753-4117).