NC--Advocates and Survivors Lobby for Stronger Laws Protecting Children
Lobby Day to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse in North Carolina
For immediate release, May 12, 2018
NC House Bill #585 strengthens the law to protect children from child sexual abuse. The statute of limitations will be extended, and a 'lookback' window allowing the prosecution of past offenses. This bill passed the House with overwhelming support. It is being considered in the Senate and is presently stuck in committee. We want to move it forward and make it law.
We call on the citizens of North Carolina to join us in a lobby day to address Senate members and encourage them to vote yes on House Bill #585.
May 23, 2018
9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
NC Legislative Building
16 W. Jones St.
There’s public parking about a block up on Jones St., the opposite side of the street from the Leg. building. If that is full, there is more parking in a deck on Salisbury Street. There is the area in front of the building where we can meet (the star), as well as inside there’s a “quad” area where we can gather. The building closes at 5:00. We can stay out front until the end of the day to catch legislators leaving.
We strongly urge the reform of the statute of limitations for child sexual abuse victims as some victims take decades to report the crime. Those criminals, and those institutions who cover for horrific abuse, should not be allowed to escape criminal and civil penalties.
Contact: Deb Diener, Deb.ChildrenMatter@gmail.com or
Kelly Stutts, Kelly@Connect4Faith.org, (336) 850-1008
Children Matter and Connect 4 Faith are organizations that focus on the prevention of Child Sexual Abuse through increasing awareness, education, and positive action. www.Facebook.com/ChildrenMatterCLNC
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.