SNAP Agrees with Former CO Attorney General who Advocates SOL Reform Now
Colorado’s former attorney general is pushing for much needed reform to the state’s statute of limitations laws. We hope Colorado lawmakers are listening and will act quickly on this wise recommendation.
It is a big deal when the former top law enforcement official in a state agrees with victims and advocates that statute of limitations reform is sorely needed. In our view, these are archaic laws that impose arbitrary, predator-friendly deadlines that not only do not reflect the realities of how and when victims of sexual violence report, but in fact prevent most child sex abuse victims from exposing perpetrators in court.
We also applaud Ms. Coffman’s push for added power in the attorney general’s office that would allow them to pursue future criminal investigations. But first things first: legislators in Colorado should listen to the former AG and work to fix these outdated laws. Instead of slamming the courthouse doors in the faces of victims who have found the courage to expose their abusers, they should be opened to all so that children are safer and communities are better informed.
Survivors, advocates, and allies in Colorado can help by writing letters to their state representatives and senators, urging them to take on this much needed reform today.
CONTACT: Zach Hiner, Executive Director ([email protected], 517-974-9009)
(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 SNAPnetwork.org)