NJ - NJ lawmakers vote on abuse bill today
New Jersey state senators are expected to vote today on a measure that would give child sex abuse victims more time to pursue civil lawsuits against child molesters and those who employ them.
The measure, S1651, eliminates the civil statute of limitations for child sexual abuse. New Jersey eliminated the criminal statute of limitations for child sexual abuse in 1996.
This bill will not only change the law prospectively but would allow past cases as well.
“It also expands the category of those who can be held liable, putting all institutions on notice that they too could be held responsible for knowingly recycling predators and putting children in harm’s way.” said Mark Crawford, NJ Director,
Many child sexual abuse survivors will be on hand at the NJ state house today. The vote in the Senate begins at 2:00 PM.
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.