SNAP Supports the Passage of Vermont Bill H.330
A proposed change to Vermont law that would help protect children and support survivors of child sexual abuse, H.330, has passed in the House and is now with the Senate Committee on Judiciary.
This important bill would eliminate the civil statute of limitations (SOL) for child sexual abuse going forward, and also allow a “look back window” for survivors whose cases are beyond the SOL.
These changes would reflect the realities of sexual violence against children. Survivors often take decades to come forward about their abuse – the average age of a survivor coming forward is 52 – and when they do speak out they are often barred from seeking justice by statutes like those that H.330 seeks to amend.
Any step that legislatures can take that will reduce barriers to survivors coming forward will also result in children being safer by revealing “hidden predators.” We hope that others in Vermont will take steps to support H.330, including:
- Writing or calling the members of the Senate Committee on Judiciary and asking them to support this bill and send it on to the full Senate,
- Writing or calling their state representatives to share their support for H.330,
- Writing letters to the editor in favor of the bill and encouraging others to support it, and
- Contacting Rep. Martin LaLonde and Rep. Maxine Grad, the sponsors of the bill, to thank them and to ask how they can help to ensure the passage of this bill.
We look forward to the passage of H.330 and the brighter future it will create for children and survivors in Vermont.
(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)