Maryland Hidden Predator Act
Report of abuses at Gilman School underscores need to give survivors more time to sue, supporters say | Phil Davis The Sun, 16 March 2021
"A recent investigation alleging two then-employees at Gilman School sexually assaulted boys over several decades is the latest example of why Maryland needs to remove age limits for survivors to file lawsuits, some state legislators and advocates say."
Mary Grace Gallagher: Man shares why Maryland should end statute of limitations on child abuse claims | COMMENTARY The Capital, 7 March 2021
"It is a paradox of “social movements” that they rely on lone voices, sharing stories of impact and pain. Whether chanting “Me Too” or “Black Lives Matter,” it is easy to stand in a crowd and demand change and much harder to stand alone, as one Bowie resident did last month, when he shared with strangers the most horrifying and vulnerable experience of his life in a recorded Zoom session for the Maryland General Assembly."
Statement from Delegate CT Wilson on withdrawal of House Bill 263 | 3 March 2021
"What is being lost in the arguments and legal discussions is the voice of survivors. They have once again been relegated to the background, even mocked for standing up in support of their desire to seek justice."
Inside Baltimore’s prestigious Gilman School: Decades of alleged sexual abuse, little effort at justice, report finds | Baltimore Sun, 4 March 2021
"Two former employees at the all-boys Gilman School have been accused of sexually abusing students — one for decades — according to an investigative report commissioned by the school and obtained by The Baltimore Sun.
The report, released in January, also records instances, dating from the 1950s through 2008, when Gilman officials were apprised of allegations but did not investigate further, did not alert community members or did not pursue prosecution."
"After the unnecessary and disturbing mudslinging in the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee (JPR) earlier this month, I have been thinking about the role of character and bravery in the work of lawmakers."
Zirkin Returns to Old Committee to Testify Against Wilson’s Child Sex Abuse Bill Maryland Matters, 5 February 2021
"Former Senate Judicial Proceedings chairman Robert A. Zirkin (D-Baltimore County) returned to his former committee this week to testify against a high-profile bill that’s a follow-up to a measure he once championed."
Incredibly, a Harford County state senator sides with predators over victims of child abuse | READER COMMENTARY, Baltimore Sun, 11 March 2020
Extending the time child sexual abuse victims can sue is a welcome step | READER COMMENTARY, Baltimore Sun, 6 March 2020
Maryland state senator compares bill on child sexual abuse lawsuits to Brett Kavanaugh confirmation process Baltimore Sun, 5 March 2020
The Baltimore Sun Editorial Board recommends passage of HB974 and states, "Abusers, or those who shielded them, deserve to be called to account for their actions whenever they occurred, otherwise the only ones suffering consequences are the victims." Read more here.
Baltimore Sun, 20 Feb 2020
Maryland lawmakers to weigh whether sexual abuse survivors should have more time to sue, Baltimore Sun, 19 Feb 2020
Hidden Predator Act would end statute of limitations on filing lawsuits in future cases WBAL, 20 Feb 2020
Our Say: Lawmakers may block statute of limitation changes but justice will win out in Key School case The Capital, 6 March 2019
"Like many social issues, failure in one session does not mean the end of the road...This bill may falter this year. We predict that will not be the end of it."
Bill expanding ability to file lawsuits over child sexual abuse moves forward in Maryland Baltimore Sun, 16 March 2019
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