The new law allows victims who were abused as children to come forward up until their 28th birthday."It's exactly how our system was set up to work, that a constituent calls a lawmaker. "My grandchildren were violated, and no justice prevailed. The Department of Human Services has this confession. He's not on the national list because he doesn't have a conviction, but he's on the Central Abuse Registry of Iowa," she said.“Just because they are doing criminal activities does not mean that they are a criminal,” she said.
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The musician and music teacher learned the statute of limitations on the aggravated misdemeanor was just three years. After friend and former lawmaker Steve Grubbs introduced Lopez to State Senator Roby Smith of Davenport, a bill was drafted and passed by both the House and Senate.
In 2014, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad signed it into law, with Lopez and her family by his side.
Source: Iowa Department of Administrative Services.
“It’s happening here in Iowa,” 2003 Midland graduate Callie Chatterton said to the Jones County Safe and Healthy Youth Coalition March 11.
Lopez has also started a non-profit group called Iowa Moms and Dads Against Pedophiles, or to lobby to improve laws for abuse victims and continue to bring awareness about the issue.
"Families don't want to believe it, of a neighbor or a grandfather or whoever it is.
Brittany, a girl from Cedar Rapids, said in the video that she was offered a modeling job after she ran away from home.