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House Bill 2827

House Bill 2827 extends statute of limitations for action based on conduct that constitutes child abuse or conduct knowingly allowing, permitting or encouraging child abuse.

Read the actual bill by clicking here.

You can track the activity of the bill during the 2009 legislature by clicking here.

Testimonies of our strong survivors at the Senate Judiciary Committee on May 28th, 2009:

Randy Ellison
“Chairman Prozanski, distinguished committee members, my name is Randy Ellison and I am a victim/survivor of sexual abuse by my minister as a teenager.

I have lived a life very alone emotionally and I have trusted no one. I have adamantly fought anyone, including bosses, who tried to control me in any way. Anytime someone at work tried to get me to do something I didn’t feel right about, I moved on and never looked back. I’ve had 5 different major careers and moved my family to 5 different cities and 18 different homes. I became an alcoholic and a drug addict. My daughters had to grow up without my assistance and my wife of 38 years has gone it mostly alone.”

Read more here…

Letty Merritt
“My name is Letty Merritt.  I am 39-years old and I am a survivor of childhood sexual abuse.  I was sexually abused by several male relatives when I was a little girl.  The abuse began when I was 6-years old and it did not stop until I was 13-years old.

I was born in Portland, Oregon, and raised in Beaverton, Oregon.  I am of Mexican descent.  I was raised in a culture where many dark secrets co-existed and intertwined with my familys’ new beginning in a different country, in the USofA instead of in Mexico.  My reality was one where some of my male cousins and uncles would act out their sick fantasies on me and my sister.  A world where as one cousin told me “he could figure out if he was gay or not”.  It was an existence where older men would prey on quiet, young, innocent, little girls; little girls who looked up and adored their numerous relatives, as we were taught to do.”

Read more here…

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