Foundation for Survivors of Abuse’s Groundwork on Utah House Bill 279 May Assure a Case Against D.C. Judge Richard W. Roberts

FSA Hopes to Achieve Similar Results by Working with Senator Harry Reid
in Sponsoring National Legislation

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Utah HB 279, passed in 2016, may prove pivotal in the recent accusations
and probable civil trial of D.C. Judge Richard W. Roberts. The
Foundation for Survivors of Abuse (FSA) helped lay the groundwork of the
bill to extend the statute of limitations for a victim to file a civil
case against their perpetrator to 35 years beyond a victim’s 18th
birthday. The legislation opened a window for victim Terry Elrod
Mitchell to file a recent lawsuit against the former federal prosecutor
and federal judge, alleging he sexually abused her during the 1981 Utah
trial of serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin.

“The ability for the Judge Richard W. Roberts case to progress is a
victory for over 60 million survivors of sexual abuse across this
country,” said Deondra Brown, President of FSA and member of the musical
group, The 5 Browns.

“As the nation deals with sexual abuse allegations against one of its
most respected judges, this law is a representation of the good that can
come from protecting victims and allowing them the opportunity to heal
and prosecute when they are ready,” said Brown.

Currently, The Foundation for Survivors of Abuse is collaborating on
national legislation sponsored by Senator Harry Reid to potentially
assist all states in extending the statute of limitations for crimes of
sexual abuse. FSA advocates on behalf of the 20% of the US population
who are victims of sexual abuse, according to the US Department of
Health and Human Services.

“The Foundation for Survivors of Abuse applauds Senator Reid’s bill
S.2397,” said Deondra Brown. “The bipartisan passage of this bill is
essential in protecting the 1:4 girls and 1:6 boys who are statistically
projected to be victims of sex abuse before their 18th birthday,
according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The
foundation is working on similar legislation in the House, and looks
forward to continuing to represent victims across the country.”


Foundation for Survivors of Abuse is a 501c(3) organization created to
raise awareness about sexual abuse and the need for statute of
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