Support Reform for Child Sex Abuse Statute of Limitations


We are asking supporters of child sex abuse statute of limitations reform to email your state representative today (Find your state rep and contact info here) with this message.

Support McGeehan, Rozzi Amendments –  Protect Kids, Not Predators!

Dear Representative:

Although the Task Force for Child Protection made recommendations for new laws  dealing with child sexual abuse, it failed to take up the most powerful tool designed to expose predators and to afford victims the justice they deserve.

HB 342, a bill on the voting calendar for next week, may give us the opportunity to create a one time, two year window that suspends the civil statute of limitations to allow past victims of child sex abuse to be heard. It would allow access to the justice system so that suspects could be subpoenaed and deposed. The victim would still have to prove “gross negligence” and the current sovereign immunity defense for public employees would be suspended.

Rep. McGeehan and Rep. Rozzi will be offering child sex abuse statute of limitation amendments to HB 342.

It is critically important that you vote to protect children by supporting the McGeehan and Rozzi amendments.

It’s time to put the victims first.

SIGN YOUR NAME HERE

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6 Responses to “Support Reform for Child Sex Abuse Statute of Limitations”

  1. Emailed Rep Bernie O’Neill

  2. I first reported on Brother Ken Ghastin back in August of 2009. It takes awhile for the Pittsburgh Diocese and the Pittsburgh media to play catch up. You would think the Pittsburgh media would be curious as to why I know so much about clergy sex abuse, maybe the Pittsburgh media simply doesn’t give a damn about children being used as sex toys.

    Serra Catholic alumni asked to come forward
    March 7, 2013 12:07 am
    Serra Catholic High School is asking former students to come forward if they were abused by Franciscan Brother Kenneth Ghastin, a teacher at the school between 1983 and 1991.
    Brother Ghastin was accused of abusing two minors in Boston in the 1970s, according to a letter sent to Serra Catholic alumni.
    The Rev. Ronald Lengwin, spokesman for the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh, said there have been no allegations of misconduct against Brother Ghastin during his time at Serra Catholic, and the letter is “part of our procedure.”
    Although the letter explains Brother Ghastin was accused of abuse about 20 years ago — and it was reported in the Boston Herald in 2002 — Father Lengwin said “we didn’t hear anything about him until now.”

    http://www.bishopaccountability.org/news2009/07_08/2009_08_13_Ference_DonaldWuerl.htmSee More

    Donald Wuerl Zero Tolerance or Zero Credibility, Mike Ference, Examiner, August 13, 2009

    http://www.bishopaccountability.org

  3. How do we share this again? Thanks for the share buttons, need to spread the word.

  4. A church reform colleague (a deacon) who is a leader in the Illinois effort would appreciate our support for eliminating that state’s statute of limitations via signatures to this petition

    http://signon.org/sign/justice-for-child-victims

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