Maryland, Pass the Hidden Predator Act! 

The Maryland Hidden Predator Act (HPA) will eliminate the civil statute of limitations on child sexual abuse and create a 2-year lookback window, exposing hidden predators and providing previously barred survivors access to justice.

2021 LEGISLATIVE SESSION convenes on January 13, 2021


House (HB263)  Sponsor: Delegate Wilson 

Bill Text  During the 2020 Regular Session an identical bill (HB974) passed unanimously in the House of Delegates.

Unfortunately in the few remaining days of a session truncated by Covid-19, the Senate did not take up the bill. 


Senate (SB134)  Sponsors: Senators HettlemanCordermanElfreth, Feldman, and Young
Senate Hearing: February 2, 2021, 1:00 PM - Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee

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Organizations step up to support survivors

Join the many groups standing with survivors for healing and justice. Add your organization's name to the Maryland State Council on Child Abuse and Neglect (SCCAN) and Maryland Essentials for Childhood letter of support for the Hidden Predator Act (SB134/HB263). 2021 Letter

SENATE HEARING
Judicial Proceedings Committee
February 2, 2021, 1:00 PM

Due to COVID, the hearing will be virtual with limited oral testimony.

Written testimony must be submitted electronically. There is not limit on written testimony.

Witness guidelines 

MARYLAND REPORT CARD

MD ranks below average compared to civil SOL reform in other states 

CONTACT YOUR
REPRESENTATIVES

Let your representatives know you support The Hidden Predator Act

(SB134/ HB263) 

AND,

Thank the bill sponsors for

standing with us: Senators HettlemanCorderman

Elfreth, FeldmanYoung,

and Delegate Wilson

About the HPA

What are the Hidden Predator Act Goals?

  • Identify Hidden Predators

  • Disclose facts of sex abuse epidemic to the public

  • Arm trusted adults with information to protect children

  • Shift the cost of abuse from victims to those who caused the harm

  • Provide a path to justice for victims ready to come forward

What will the Hidden Predator Act Do?

  • Eliminate the civil statute of limitations going forward.

  • Create a lookback window for those victims who have been previously barred by the statute of limitations, allowing them to file suit for a period of two years.

  • Remove the “statute of repose” making it clear to the courts, the public, and survivors that the Maryland General Assembly did not intend to vest constitutionally protected property rights in child sexual predators nor the individuals and organizations that hid predators from discovery and prosecution.

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From Our Partners
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"With this legislation, we are on the precipice of a monumental shift in how Maryland can prevent Childhood Sexual Abuse, hold perpetrators accountable, and facilitate the healing of those who have been abused. The passing of the bill would be the culmination of years of effort on the part on hundreds of individuals determined to make our children and our communities healthier."

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