Advocacy Action: Statute of Limitations

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There is currently a bill in the Illinois legislature, SB189, that would remove the statute of limitations for child sexual abuse, ensuring that time never runs out for victims of abuse to seek justice – and helping protect our community from known perpetrators. We need your help to ensure it passes! 

On March 7, SB189 passed out of committee and is moving to the Illinois Senate for a full vote. But we still need sponsors in the senate! Please contact your state senator to ask for their sponsorship of this bill and their commitment to pass it through the legislature. Your support will help give a voice to victims of child sexual abuse in Chicago and throughout the state! 

For additional information, see ChicagoCAC’s position statement on the statute of limitations.

Contact Your Senator

  1. Find your state senator’s contact information here.
  2. Determine whether your senator sponsors the bill by viewing the sponsors at the top of this page.
  3. Contact your senator to thank them for sponsoring OR to ask them to do so.

If your senator sponsors the bill

Click the button below to send them our template email thanking them for their support and encouraging their collaboration with colleagues to get this legislation passed. Be sure to add in their names in the “dear” field, and fill in your mailing address at the bottom.

Having trouble? Download this Word document to copy/paste the sample emails.

If your senator does NOT sponsor the bill

Click the button below to send them our template email asking them to make victims of child sexual abuse a priority. Again, be sure to add in their names in the “dear” field, and fill in your mailing address at the bottom.

Having trouble? Download this Word document to copy/paste the sample emails.

Or call your legislators using this script:

I’m [YOUR NAME], a constituent of [SENATOR]. I am calling to ask [SENATOR] to support Senate Bill 189, which would remove the statute of limitations for child sexual abuse. As a constituent, I am passionate about ensuring that the 1 in 10 children who are victims of sexual abuse have the opportunity to seek justice – no matter when they come forward. I urge [SENATOR] to work with colleagues to pass this important legislation. Thank you.


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Thank you for helping ensure victims of child sexual abuse can seek justice! Please help us spread the word by sharing this page with your networks! 

Questions? Contact Melissa Siemasz: (312) 492-3760 or MSiemasz@ChicagoCAC.org