Permit a few moments please. You will find all of my contact information below in the signature area of this email if you decide to speak with me, which of course I hope you do.
For three years I’ve been meeting with, speaking to, collaborating via email, and gaining support through speaking venues; encouraging our legislators in Illinois to update our Statute of Limitations for Sex Crimes Against Children & Human Trafficking. Sadly in our rather rural areas family members are usually the ones who share the kids with others in what is often just random private parties at their house or at the homes of others. It happens everyday, but we turn our heads and ignore the deep sorrow and trauma.
Along with this nightmare is also the blatant disregard which can often be horrific neglect, emotional trauma, threats, what I often refer to as ‘terroristic’ actions. These are used in both domestic violence situations to keep victims trapped in the abusers control, but more often than not; these acts are the main reason why kids will remain silent and endure the nightmares of home. Where will they go and what will happen if they say something or tell someone? This is their home, this is their family, this is all they know; this is their ‘normal’.
I am really happy to say that as of yesterday, Illinois Statute of Limitations – Criminal Sexual Abuse & Criminal Sexual Assault of a Child was heard under Senate Bill #SB189, which I’m very happy to share was voted unanimously by Senate Judiciary Committee. House Bill #HB3629 Human Trafficking of Victims Under 18, is now approved by the Senate as #SB840 and Rep Jay Hoffman has picked it up in the Illinois House Assembly to move forward as a paragraph attachment to #SB189. HOwever they do it, let’s get it moving forward Illinois. Still, it’s a bit frustrating that even though I’ve been using all of my data on statistics research and psych impact of ‘terroristic trauma’; to create and encourage our legislative representatives, from the House to Congress to the White House; yet not a single person has returned my call about information or updates for what was originally #HB3629.
There must be something of value in this story. There must be something we can learn from our past. As we teach about bullying and shaming; this is disregard of what is destroying lives and sending people down a very dark path in life. I believe if we really want to help our country and our world recover from the many tragedies that strike in our communities everyday; we must first pay attention to those closest to us and acknowledge our responsibility to help them by using the tools and knowledge we have available today.
It’s a huge tragedy when it takes a death of a child or a near death to gain media attention. I’m asking you to please view the attached video and help me get this message out there. I’ve been trying for three years in our legislative area. I’ve been a certified Illinois advocate since 2014; I’ve been an active online & personal mentor/assistant for victims & survivors since 2010. Please help, this is something that CANNOT be accomplished by just one person, just one community, just one legislator. This must be a Human Initiative because Every Life Matters!!!
My kindest regards,
Patricia ‘Trish’ McKnight
Cert DV & CA Advocate – Illinois
Cert Human Trafficking Trainer
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Author: ‘My Justice’