The only thing standing in the way of SOL reform is politics. Repealing the CIVIL SOLs will supplant the control that influential groups have long held over the legislative process, while repealing the CRIMINAL SOLs will dramatically shift the balance of power, in the future, to the rights of survivors.
As survivors are able to identify more sexual predators, the following laws will become even more effective:
- Megan’s Law provides public access to sex offender registration databases and community notification.
- Jessica’s Law classifies lewd or lascivious molestation of a person under the age of 12 as a felony, and a mandatory minimum sentence of 25 years in prison and lifetime electronic monitoring.
- Jonathan’s Law entitles parents and legal guardians of mentally-disabled children access to all child abuse investigation files and medical history records. It is designed to hold residential mental health facilities accountable by requiring written reports of ensuing investigations.
- The Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) provides funds to states for development of Child Protective Services (CPS) and hotlines to prevent serious injuries to children.
- Mandatory reporting laws that require adults, who suspect that a child, or a dependent adult is suffering from physical injury inflicted other than by accidental means, sexual molestation, or exploitation, etc.
ADDITIONAL BENEFITS TO REPEALING THE SOLs
- It will cost taxpayers nothing.
- It will be a strong deterrent to sexual predators – and the institutions that harbor them – thereby preventing the victimization of subsequent children.
- It will enable more survivors to file claims thereby alerting the public to the hidden danger of child sexual predators in their communities.
- It will result in more perpetrators being publicly identified, therefore granting multiple survivors of the same perpetrator the opportunity to testify.
- It will prevent subsequent children from being victimized as more sexual predators are incarcerated.
- It will allow criminal verdicts to appear on background checks and prevent perpetrators from obtaining jobs with unrestricted and unsupervised access to children.
- It will motivate public and private institutions, organizations and individuals to report misconduct to avoid the potential for civil litigation.