Dear Friends and Colleagues:
I need a favor. Many people I work with who are involved in childhood sexual abuse litigation have been pushing for an extension of the civil statute of limitations. House Bill 2827 would lengthen the current statute from 3 to 5 years. This is crucial because many times the person does not recognize the damage done to them from the abuse for many years, which results in delayed discovery. This bill will help survivors heal and even more importantly it will help prevent child abuse. This bill is being sponsored by Rep. Andy Olson, a Republican ex-state cop from Albany. He got the bill through the House on a 60-0 vote several months ago, but it has hit a roadblock in the Senate and he needs your help.
This bill is scheduled for a hearing Thursday May 28, at 8 am. Your calls and e-mails to your representatives prior to this date will make a difference.
Here is what you can do to help:
1. Contact every member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, daily starting Tuesday until the vote on Thursday morning, and ask them to support the bill. Tell them civil lawsuits help prevent child abuse because those who abuse and the institutions who enable abusers respond to civil liability
2. Call and write Sen. Courtney's office in Salem and demand that he not let his own religious beliefs interfere with justice for child abuse survivors. Be polite but firm!
3. Join me at 8 am Thursday morning at the State Capitol in Salem. The more people the louder the voice.
Here is a list of the representatives for you to contact:
Floyd Prozanski, Chair firstname.lastname@example.org 503-986-1704
Brian Boquist, Vice-Chair email@example.com 503-986-1712
Suzanne Bonamici firstname.lastname@example.org 503-986-1717
Jackie Dingfelder email@example.com 503-986-1723
Doug Whitsett firstname.lastname@example.org 503-986-1728
Lastly, contact Rep Andy Olson and thank him for all the work he has done. He needs our support now more than ever. Words of encouragement will help keep his spirits up, pushing him forward with this fight.
Whether you realize it or not someone you know has been affected by childhood sexual abuse, they may never tell you but by supporting this bill you are helping so many.