Dear Hidden Predator Act Supporters,

We've got 36 hours to get HB974 across the line (or at the very least further along the process which will help provide momentum and strength in either a May special session or next January)

Please Take These Steps ASAP to push getting a hearing in the Judicial Proceedings Committee:

Call

Call Senate President Bill Ferguson 410-841-3600 or 301-858-3600 no matter the time and leave a message.

Sample script

Thank you for taking my call.  We urge President Ferguson to read HB974 across the desk and assign it to the Judicial Proceedings Committee for a hearing! The House passed HB974 unanimously.  Delaying the bill will cause survivors further trauma forcing them, unnecessarily, to testify yet again next year.  The next time survivors testify it should be in a court of law where their claims can be heard and their continuing costs can be shifted from the victims to those who caused the harm. Justice delayed is justice denied!

Call 
Call Chairman Will Smith 410-841-3634 or 301-858-3634 no matter the time and leave a message.

Sample script

Thank you for taking my call.

We urge Chairman Smith to ask Senate President Bill Ferguson to read HB974 across the desk and assign it to JPR for a hearing!  The House passed HB974 unanimously.  Delaying the bill will cause survivors further trauma forcing them, unnecessarily, to testify yet again next year.  The next time survivors testify it should be in a court of law where their claims can be heard and their continuing costs can be shifted from the victims to those who caused the harm.  Justice delayed is justice denied!

Email
Email Senate President Ferguson and Chairman William Smith, Jr. the following message:

Sample email to bill.ferguson@senate.state.md.us
Dear President Ferguson:

I am writing to urge you to read HB974 across the desk and assign it to the Judicial Proceedings Committee for a hearing! The House passed HB974 unanimously.  Delaying the bill will cause survivors further trauma forcing them, unnecessarily, to testify yet again next year.  The next time survivors testify it should be in a court of law where their claims can be heard and their continuing costs can be shifted from the victims to those who caused the harm.  Justice delayed is justice denied!

Sample email to will.smith@senate.state.md.us

Dear Chairman Smith:

I am writing to urge you to ask Senate President Bill Ferguson to read HB974 across the desk and assign it to JPR for a hearing!  The House passed HB974 unanimously.  Delaying the bill will cause survivors further trauma forcing them, unnecessarily, to testify yet again next year.  The next time survivors testify it should be in a court of law where their claims can be heard and their continuing costs can be shifted from the victims to those who caused the harm.  Justice delayed is justice denied!

 
 
About the HPA

HB974 – 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.

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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Sponsors

Press
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Op-Ed

"To tell my story drowns me in memories I’ve tried to so hard suppress, over and over again. It’s exhausting. It’s embarrassing. It’s painful. This is not something that I want to do. This is not something that I want to feel. But someone needs to be a voice for those who have not found their voice yet."  — Delegate C.T. Wilson, 10 March 2020, Op-Ed in The Baltimore Sun 

Read more here

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Organizations step up to support survivors

Join the 30+ 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 (HB974).

Yes, I'd like to help pass the Hidden Predator Act!
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