Aarika Sanchez accused her stepfather Johnnie Swaim of molesting her and the case went to trial in 1995. Swaim was acquitted. This prompted Sanchez's father to create Aarika's Law.
The law would extend the time limit of reporting child abuse.
In California the time limit is one year to report child abuse. If Aarika’s Law is approved, the time limit would be five years and if those who fail to report abuse would be prosecuted.
"There shouldn’t be a statute of limitations in this because most victims are not speaking out till five, 10, 15, 20 years," Elias Sanchez, Aarika's father said.
Sanchez was outraged when his daughter Aarika told him Swaim, a former California Highway Patrol officer had abused her when she was four.
Swaim is on trial again for similar charges with two other accusers and witnesses say the mom was told about the alleged abuse.
"It should be mandatory for all responsible adults to report the molestation not just specific people," Sanchez said.
"Just believe them. Believe them and go to the authorities and do the correct thing that is going to report it," Aarika said. Sanchez says this is his family’s mission now. they’re trying to get support from politicians to make aarika’s law official.
"When you have one out of every four girls getting molested, one out of every six boys being molested over 42 million survivors just in America alone. Every 10 seconds in America a child is being sexually abused," Sanchez said.
"So it’s like they’re screaming for help. So if they tell you just do the correct thing and go report," Aarika said. You can find out more information about Aarika’s Law by going to their website at www.aarikaslaw.org.