Child Victims Act Clears A Hurdle in Maryland; SNAP Applauds Lawmakers

(For Immediate Release March 13, 2023) 

In Annapolis, Maryland, the Child Victims Act of 2023 was unanimously approved by the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee this past Friday. This is just a first step; the bill still needs to pass both the House and the full Senate.

We stand in ovation for lawmakers in Maryland who have given the nod for the Child Victims Act to move forward to the Senate floor. Our thanks to Sen. William C. Smith Jr. and Del. C.T. Wilson for putting victims first. We encourage leaders to now bring the bill up for a vote. This bill is an important step in recognizing the realities of childhood sexual abuse. Delayed disclosure is the norm, not the exception, and so amending laws to be more in line with reporting trends allows more survivors to seek justice. This helps to prevent future cases of abuse by getting information about perpetrators and enablers into the hands of police, prosecutors, and the public.

Society is made safer every time a survivor comes forward to share their experience. We are aware that many abusers are still alive and unreported, endangering the communities in which they reside. The Child Victims Act of 2023 will aid in fixing that issue, enabling survivors to come forward and fostering safer, more educated communities.

CONTACT: Mike McDonnell, SNAP Communications ([email protected], 267-261-0578) David Lorenz, SNAP Maryland leader ([email protected], 301-906-9161), Becky Ianni, Virginia and DC SNAP leader ([email protected], (703) 801-6044)  Zach Hiner, Executive Director ([email protected], 517-974-9009) Shaun Dougherty, SNAP Board President ([email protected], 814-341-8386)

(SNAP, the Survivors Network, has been providing support for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings for 30 years. We have more than 25,000 survivors and supporters in our network. Our website is




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