IL - IL passes new child sex law; SNAP responds
We're grateful almost any time lawmakers take steps to better protect kids. But this law won't make much difference.
Mandatory reporter laws - no matter how many occupations are covered - are rarely used. And the penalties for breaking them are usually paltry.
It's far more effective to eliminate or extend the criminal or civil statues of limitations on child sex crimes. The best approach to expose, remove, prosecute, convict and imprison child molesters is to let their victims take them to court, instead of being left out in the cold due to arbitrary, archaic, predator-friendly deadlines.
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.
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.