State Rep. Jefferson moves to strengthen laws against sex offenders

February 15, 2013

Online Staff Report

State Rep. Chuck Jefferson, D-Rockford, is introducing a bill to enhance legal action against the criminal sexual assault of minors.

We have an obligation to do all we can to ensure that our children are protected,” Jefferson said. “For some survivors of sexual abuse, it may take many years for them to be able to come to terms with what happened and feel comfortable enough to alert the authorities. This measure will provide an opportunity for law enforcement to go after the criminals no matter how many years ago the incident occurred.”

Under the current law, prosecution for criminal sexual abuse of a minor may be commenced within one year of the victim turning 18 years old. Jefferson’s bill will remove the statute of limitations for aggravated or predatory sexual offenses, or criminal sexual abuse, in cases where the victim was younger than 18 at the time of the offense. Additionally, the bill allows for a 20-year window to prosecute the failure to report certain alleged or suspected sexual assault offenses against minors.

This bill is about empowerment,” Jefferson said. “It will allow survivors the chance to speak up about a past crime, and possibly prevent an offender from committing further sexual abuse. Even if just one life is saved, then we will have made a difference.”

Jefferson’s House Bill 1063 has bipartisan support, and will be considered for a committee vote next week.

For more information, contact Jefferson’s full-time constituent service office at (815) 987-7433.

Posted Feb. 15, 2013

One Comment

  1. Steve A. Mizera

    February 16, 2013 at 9:15 am

    If you need to do everything to protect children, here are three things you can do to virtually abolish child molestation.
    1. Pass legislation mandating children be taught about sexual abuse, starting in the first grade, and continuing throughtout their education (age appropriate).
    2. Register everyone who has contact with children and who is responsible for their academic, recreational, or spiritual education. This includes teaches, coaches and priests. At the time of registration, make sure they are aware of the consequences of their future sexual abuse of their charges.
    3. Hold parents accountable for their failure to protect their children from sexual abuse. (i.e. the mother of a Sandusky victim who merely wondered where her teenage son’s underwear was after he spent the night being molested. She “wondered” TWICE!
    My book details this plan. You can read it free at whowrotewhat.net/badge. It is entitled: Is that a Sexual Predator Hiding Behind That Badge? It describes who molests children, how and why, when and where, but most important, what the reader can do to stop it.

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