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IL: Lawmakers eliminating time-frame protection for child sex offenders

Those who suffered sexual abuse and assault as children decades ago may soon be able to obtain justice by having their victimizers prosecuted.

State Sen. Scott Bennett, D-Champaign, introduced Senate Bill 189 in January, which would eliminate the statute of limitations for all felony child abuse and sexual assault crimes. It already passed the Senate Criminal Law Committee, of which Bennett is a member, with a 10-0 vote March 7 and is now awaiting a full Senate vote, according to Illinois legislative records. Full Article

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  1. Tired of this

    Any law bypassing protections afforded by statutes of limitation will set a very bad precedent. What kind of evidence, if any, would remain 20, 30 years after an alleged incident? Or memories of what exactly transpired, and when, for that matter? Any accusation would be pretty much a he said-she said situation, which would open the door to false accusations, to which there’d be no defense. So, pretty much the exact reasons for the existence of statutes of limitation in the 1st place.

    This would be a very bad precedent indeed.

  2. kat

    Do you really want to be a victim forever?
    That’s what this sounds like, an endorsement for people who have had a bad thing happen in their life to carry it with them and years down the road sue for financial windfalls, rather than trying to move past it and get on with their lives.
    Lawyers love this, they can make money years after the fact by taking these cases to court. Victims who are easily coerced by lawyers will love this, they can cash in and get big bucks.
    We’ve all had bad things happen to us at some point in our lives. The key is to deal with it, make your life better in spite of it, not get rich quick years later by re-hashing it so some lawyer can exploit you and make a name for themselves.. You’ve got to shed the “victim” label a some point.

  3. Nondescript

    It’s called the victimhood industry. A tactic used by those in control to further divide and conquer.
    I think they used the Cosby shenanigans to promote a debate about statute of limitations, gage the public sentiment, control the narrative, and then roll out legislation ( that was already prepared and written) across the country to do away with those terrible “loopholes” called statute of limitations.

    Then when it’s all done, let Cosby off the hook, and thank him for his participation in their scheme.

    Abuse does occur, but it won’t be the poor who will be targeted by these laws. It will be anyone who has done well for themselves. With the internet now you can find out just about anything about anyone you knew decades ago- their financial status, even zoom in to see how many swimming pools they have.

  4. Treason in Illinois?

    No statute of limitations for treason in Illinois? Really? Is Illinois their own country now where they have that right to a treason charge? Now, they want no statute of limitations on this? Makes no sense….

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