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.
Unfortunately in the few remaining days of a session truncated by Covid-19, the Senate did not take up the bill.
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
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MD ranks below average compared to civil SOL reform in other states
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.
From Our Partners
"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."