BREAKING NEWS: On August 21, 2013, SB 131 passed the Assembly Appropriations Committe. SB 131 is now headed to the full Assembly for a floor vote as early as this Monday, August 26. Please contact your representatives immediatelly to stop this vote.
TAKE ACTION NOW!
- Call, e-mail or write your representative immediately. Write them instantly
with our easy to use Online Form.
When contacting them, use this
"Dear Assembly Member: As a constituent and a
Catholic, I am asking that
you please Vote No on SB-131. The bill does not
protect children; it unfairly
targets Catholic and private schools; and it will
put the educational and
social work of the Church at risk."
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"No" on SB 131:
Archbishop Gomez is asking all Catholics to contact their
Assembly members and Senators and urge them to vote “No” on Senate Bill 131. Simply tell your elected officials to vote
“No” because this legislation fails to protect all victims of childhood sexual
abuse, discriminates against Catholic schools and other private employers, and
puts the social services and educational work of the Church at risk. The
Bishops of the California Catholic Conference believe it is urgent for all
Catholics to act now.
The facts about SB131:
For more information on SB 131, click here
- Senate Bill
131, now before the California Legislature, would suspend for one year a
deadline (called a “statute of limitations”) to give childhood sexual abuse
victims the chance to sue their abusers’ employers for damages resulting from
- SB-131 is not good legislation because it
does not protect all children. Children who were abused by
public school teachers or other public employees are specifically not protected by SB 131. That means this legislation offers no
protection for the 92 percent of California’s children who attend public
schools or for children in foster care or in other public settings.
unfairly targets only Catholic-run and other private institutions because it
only allows lawsuits against private schools and organizations and specifically
exempts public schools and other public institutions. The sexual abuse of
children is a social reality. It is not limited to private institutions. Any legislation that
seeks to deal with this grave problem should be applied to protect victims in
all institutions in society — public and private— equally.
- SB-131 does
nothing to increase penalties against the actual abusers of children. The
bill allows for monetary damages to be imposed on private employers. But it
does not impose any civil or criminal penalties on the perpetrator.