This week is Youth Violence Prevention week, and with that in mind, State Senator John Mulroe (D-10) is focusing some of his legislative efforts on making our state safer for Illinois youth.

 

Senate Bill 1399 removes the statute of limitations for actions based on childhood sexual abuse. Under current law, the statute of limitations to report childhood sexual abuse is 20 years from the date the victim recalls the abuse. The bill, on which Senator Mulroe is a co-sponsor, would remove the statute of limitations altogether, allowing a person to bring an action based on childhood sexual abuse at any time.

 

“As we have seen in many cases, people are often well into their adult lives before they are psychologically capable of coming forward about abuse inflicted on them as children,” Sen. Mulroe said. “By then, the timetable may have run out, making it impossible to prosecute their perpetrator.”

 

Schools will become safer places for children with the implementation of another child-focused piece of legislation. Mulroe is also sponsoring an anti-bullying bill which would allow school social workers to establish and deliver anti-bullying programs. The bill also gives school social workers authority to develop and implement bullying intervention plans, as well as long-term prevention programs.

 

“We want our children to feel safe at school, so their primary focus can be their education,” Sen. Mulroe said. “Beginning bullying awareness and prevention in our schools at an early age, and allowing certified specialists who already work there to implement programs to combat bully violence will make our schools safer, more positive environments for all students.”

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