SPRINGFIELD, IL (IRN) – Victims of long-ago sexual abuse would have an easier time suing their perpetrators, under a bill which has passed an Illinois Senate committee.

The bill would remove the statute of limitations – currently 20 years – for civil cases alleging child sexual abuse.

The founder and president of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP), Barbara Blaine, testified, “The burden on the victim is huge. It’s our word against someone else’s. What we as victims want to say to you is, bring ‘em on. We’ll produce the evidence, because it’s so rare that there’s just one of us. There’s usually many, and our perpetrators are still out there, and they get more children.”

Senators said they are concerned that only the correct people are accused and that the accusations can stand up.

S.B. 1399 has passed the Senate Judiciary Committee.


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