This Week’s Advocacy “Ask”: Support Passage of the Hidden Predator Act

2015 sexual abuse_ child under bedThe “Ask”:  contact 2 members of the House Judiciary Civil Committee and recommend a “Do Pass” for HB 17, pending in this session of the Georgia Legislature.

The Why:  HB 17 Hidden Predator Act calls for extending the statute of limitations for civil actions for childhood sexual abuse by 30 years (to age 53). This bill is on the right track.  While the 30-year extension has generated opposition to the bill, the damaging effects of childhood sexual abuse on brain development are real and last through adulthood.

The Message:  “Dear (Committee Member), I urge you to recommend a “Do Pass” for House Bill 17. The damaging effects of childhood sexual abuse on brain development are real and can last through adulthood. Extending the statute of limitations for civil actions for childhood sexual abuse is a key step to helping victims.

The How: If your rep. is on the committee, write or call your rep.  Otherwise, pick two and call or write them.  They ALL need to hear from citizens of GA!

Committee Members:

Rep. Barry Fleming, Chair

Rep. Stephen Allison

Rep. Beth Beskin

Rep. LaDawn Jones

Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver

Rep. Larry O’Neal

Rep. Jay Powell

Rep. Dale Rutledge

Rep. Pam Stephenson

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