IL--Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert Released from Prison, Victims Respond

Statement by Joelle Casteix, SNAP Western Regional Leader, (949) 322-7434[email protected]

We were shocked to learn that Dennis Hastert has been transferred from prison and quietly returned to Chicago.

Unfortunately, Hastert will never stand trial for the crime of sexual abuse. Illinois’ outdated and predator-friendly criminal statutes of limitations for child sex crimes ensure men and women who sexually abuse children get a "free pass" as long as they can use fear and shame to keep their victims silent. 

State lawmakers should see this case as a reason to change laws in order to protect children over powerful politicians. How many serial child predators are walking the streets because Illinois’ judges' and prosecutors' hands were tied by outdated, predator-friendly laws? 

(SNAP, the Survivors Network, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 20,000 members. Our website is

Contacts - Melanie Jula Sakoda (925-708-6175[email protected]), Joelle Casteix (949-322-7434[email protected]),Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003[email protected])


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