C I T Y O F S P R I N G F I E L D
In the City Council October 21, 2013
WHEREAS, the SOL (Statute of Limitations) is the maximum amount of time a person has to bring a lawsuit from the time of the incident, and
WHEREAS, since civil SOL’s are legislative conveniences which may be changed at the will of the Legislature, this also means that it is constitutional for the Legislature to allow victims who have run out of time under a statute of limitations to later bring suit, and
WHEREAS, Kathy Picard is an award winning child safety advocate and is a survivor of child sexual abuse, and
WHEREAS, Kathy is a speaker and writer that is working to raise awareness in all areas of child safety and has hosted many child safety events in the area, and
WHEREAS Kathy and many other advocates have been working hard to resolve the situation on House Bill 1455 and Senate Bill 633 which is to extend or totally eliminate the time frame for a survivor to be able to go forward for the abuse of a predator for justice,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Springfield City Council strongly urges the State Legislature to pass the SOL’s House Bill 1455 and Senate Bill 633 for the victims who have already suffered enough and give them the opportunity they so deserve to have some kind of closure to the crime that was committed to them against their will.