Although the organization Silent No More did not reach their 100,000 signature goal, the campaign was able to secure about 3,000 signatures for a petition to lift the statute of limitations on child sex abuse on Guam.
Guam- A group of lawmakers and an organization called “Silent No More” hand-delivered about 3,000 signatures in support of lifting the statute of limitations on crimes involving child sex abuse.
Though the campaign was unable to meet their original goal of 100,000 signatures, according to Senator Frank Blas Jr., the organization is hopeful that the petition was sufficient enough to draw much-needed awareness of the issue to the island of Guam. Senator Frank Blas Jr. says that the campaign hopes that incorporating the petition will lift the statute of limitations in order for survivors of sexual assault and their families to seek closure.
Senator Blas Jr. stated, “This is the effort from an organization called silent No More and tofday was just a presentation of all those signatures they gathered in support of an effort of legislation or a law that would allow victims of sexual abuse who are abused when they were children the opportunity to allow them to seek justice for what was done to them.”
Several lawmakers joined in expressing their admiration for the victims and their families for their courage to come forward with their personal story to the community in order to seek healing. Lawmakers say that the Silent No More campaign hopes that the movement will bring about change either with a new law or updated legislation.
Senator Frank Aguon Jr. furthered that sentiment adding: “For the victims to stand out and to be as courageous as they were and to share their story with the people of Guam-I think that‘s really where the message came out loud and clear that we need to lift this time restriction and allow these victims to be made whole.”
As lawmakers gathered to receive the signatures, Senator Blas Jr. reflected on the need for all of Guam to stand together on this issue stating: “It takes a a village to raise a child, but it also takes a village to protect a child.
A session will be called on Monday and Bill 326 will be added to the agenda on Monday as well.