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.

"In every social movement, pivotal changes come about when survivors’ stories are heard and the public responds by calling, writing and pressuring their legislators to dig in and face down the powerful institutions that have forever framed the debate." 

Mary Grace Gallagher, The Capital

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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.

Senate Bill (SB134Sponsors: Senators HettlemanCordermanElfreth, Feldman, and Young

Hearing recorded on February 2, 2021, HPA  (SB134) segment begins at 1:51:30 Play video > 

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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

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