Letters of support from California Law Enforcement:

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July 26, 2018

 

The Honorable Lorena Gonzalez-Fletcher
California State Assembly
State Capitol Room 2114
Sacramento, CA 95814

 

Re: AB 3120 - SUPPORT

 

Dear Assemblymember Gonzalez-Fletcher,

The Peace Officers Research Association of California (PORAC), representing over 70,000 public safety members and 930 public safety associations, are pleased to inform you of our support of AB 3120 relating to damages: childhood sexual assault: statute of limitations.

This bill would expand the definition of childhood sexual abuse, which would instead be referred to as childhood sexual assault. This bill would increase the time limit for commencing an action for recovery of damages suffered as a result of childhood sexual assault 22 years from the date the plaintiff attains the age of majority or within 5 years of the date the plaintiff discovers or reasonably should have discovered that the psychological injury or illness occurring after the age of majority was caused by sexual assault, whichever is later.

In 2002, John Burton’s bill, SB 1779, opened the statute of limitations for civil law suits for one year for individuals who have suffered damages as a result of childhood sexual abuse. This one-year window for victims of childhood sexual assault exposed 250 child predators. Nationally, a child predator assaults around 50 children. That is approximately 12,500 children between the 250 predators exposed.

AB 3120 would allow this exposure of child predators to happen again for a three year period. If passed, AB 3120 will allow persons, who may have suppressed the pain of being molested by trusted caregivers, coaches, family members or confidants, the ability to bring that abuse into the light in a civil court procedure.

Although the criminal statute of limitations timeframe has run out, being able to identify child molesters, even through the civil process, is extremely important to the children and young adults in California.

Again, PORAC supports this bill. If you have any questions, please contact our legislative advocate, Randy Perry, at Aaron Read & Associates at (916) 448-3444.

 

Best Regards,

Brian R. Marvel
President
Peace Officers Research Association of California

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July 31, 2018

 

The Honorable Lorena Gonzalez-Fletcher
California State Assembly
State Capitol Room 2114
Sacramento, CA 95814

 

Re: AB 3120 - SUPPORT

 

Dear Assemblymember Gonzalez-Fletcher,

The Los Angeles Police Protective League supports Assembly Bill 3120 (Gonzalez Fletcher) relating to damages: childhood sexual assault: statute of limitations.

This bill would expand the definition of childhood sexual abuse, which would instead be referred to as childhood sexual assault. This bill would increase the time limit for commencing an action for recovery of damages suffered as a result of childhood sexual assault 22 years from the date the plaintiff attains the age of majority or within 5 years of the date the plaintiff discovers or reasonably should have discovered that the psychological injury or illness occurring after the age of majority was caused by sexual assault, whichever is later.

AB 3120 would allow critical exposure of child predators to occur for a three-year period. If passed, AB 3120 will allow persons, who may have suppressed the pain of being molested by trusted caregivers, coaches, family members or confidants, the ability to bring that abuse into the light in a civil court procedure.

Although the criminal statute of limitations timeframe has run out, being able to identify child molesters, even through the civil process, is extremely important to the children and young adults in California.

 

The Los Angeles Police Protective League supports AB 3120.

 

Sincerely,

Matt Siverling
Legislative Advocate

 

CC: Each Member and Consultant, Senate Appropriations Committee

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August 7, 2018

 

Honorable Lorena Gonzalez-Fletcher
California State Assembly
State Capitol Room 2114
Sacramento, CA 95814

 

Assembly Bill 3120 (Support)

 

Dear Assemblymember Gonzalez-Fletcher,

The California Police Chiefs Association is pleased to inform you of its support for AB 3120, which would give victims of childhood sexual assault more time to bring cases in civil court due to the unique situation of these victims, and take a hard stance against individuals and entities engaged in covering up evidence of these crimes.

Under this bill, victims of childhood sexual assault who were not ready to come forward during the one-year window allowed under SB 1779 (Burton 2002), perhaps because they had not even made the connection between their abuse and current psychological injuries, would be able to come forward under a new three-year window. AB 3120 would also confront the pervasive problem of cover ups in institutions, from schools to sports leagues, which result in continuing victimization and the sexual assault of additional children.

For these reasons, we are proud to support this measure. For additional questions, please contact Jonathan Feldman at [email protected].

 

Sincerely,

David L. Swing
President

 

Jonathan Feldman
Legislative Advocate

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