To the Honorable Senator Will Brownsberger,
In the fall of 2005,I drove from Rockford, Illinois to Columbus, Ohio to testify before the Senate Judiciary Hearings on SB-17, advocating measures eliminating timelines for survivors of childhood trauma. The following is, “My Story,” which was written in about forty-five minutes at the capital’s downtown Kinko’s, at 6:00 a.m. I only wrote what happened to me and testified so that it would never – ever happen to someone else’s child. I have never received any monetary awards from the Rockford Diocese, Franciscans of St. Bonaventure of Chicago or the Chicago Archdiocese. The courts stated that I missed the timeframe (ten years from my 18th birthday), to report it and the night terrors didn’t resurface until May of 2002, due to my severe post traumatic stress. It resurfaced 33.5 years later – with a vengeance, at age 46.
I hope you find strength, hope, healing and unity in what I wrote and tearfully testified. I am available for in person testimony, if desired. Thank you in advance, I remain,
Donald T. Bondick
5153 Diane Court
Rockford, IL 61108
Phone: (815)978-8082, 24/7