“Silent No More” sign no longer needed

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Joseph Santos removes Silent No More sign on his truck now that Bill 326 is passed into law. 

Guam- Back in April, Joseph Santos, vowed that he would not remove the “”Silent No More” sign on his truck until Legislation was passed to lift the civil statue of limitations on sexual assault for minors. Today, at the Veteran’s Cemetery in Piti, he was finally able to do just that.

“Mission Accomplished”, those are the words Joseph Santos, of the Silent No More organization used to describe BILL 326 the legislation that lifted the statute of limitations on sexual assault for child victims and was passed into law last week by Govenor Calvo. The victory removal of the sign was held at the gravesite of of Dorris Conception’s son, Joseph “Sonny” Quinata, who confessed to his mother at his deathbed 11 years ago that he too was a victim of sexual assault when he was a young boy. 

Joseph Santos of Silent No More Organization stated, “So I thought that it would be most fitting to take the sign down since the mission accomplished right here in front of Sonny’s grave and sonny’s friends.” 

According to Santos, he promised Sonny Quinata’s grieving mother that he would keep the sign, until legislation addressed the statue of limitations on child victims.

Santos said it was quote unfortunate that some people were more worried about what they might lose instead of what they might gain from BILL 326.  Santos was joined by Senator Frank F. Blas, Jr., the author of the bill and Senator Frank B. Aguon, Jr.,the committee chairman for public safety.

According to Santos, the sign has become a symbol of hope to survivors and victims of sexual assault.

Joseph Santos stated: “last Friday when the governor signed the bill into law it was certainly a moment of elation and relief to know that we’vE  accomplished our mission and that sonny did not die in vain.”

The ceremony was held at 11am this morning.