Maryland, Pass the Hidden Predator Act! 

The Hidden Predator Act will give survivors access to justice and help protect children from sexual abuse by bringing predators to light.

House Bill (HB263)  Sponsor: Delegate Wilson

Senate Bill (SB134Sponsors: Senators HettlemanCordermanElfreth, Feldman, and Young
Senate Hearing: February 2, 2021, 1:00 PM - Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee

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

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

Watch the live stream on YouTube from 1-5 PM.

Urge a YES vote on SB134!

We need you to ask the members of Maryland's Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee to vote favorably on SB134.

Organizations step up to support survivors

Join the 40+ 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). 2021 Letter

About the HPA
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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."

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