Bill would extend statute of limitations for sexual abuse

Bill would extend statute of limitations for sexual abuse

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(MM) NOW THE LATEST — ON THE EFFORT TO PASS A BILL THAT WOULD—- INCREASE THE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS FOR CHILDHOOD SEXUAL ABUSE IN RHODE ISLAND. (HE) IT WAS AN EMOTIONAL NIGHT AT THE STATE HOUSE — WHERE SURVIVORS SHARED THEIR STORIES. (MM) PEOPLE FLEW IN FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO VOICE THEIR SUPPORT FOR THE BILL. EYEWITNESS NEWS REPORTER IS AT THE STATE HOUSE WITH THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS. MUCH OF TONIGHT’S TESTIMONY TONIGHT CAME FROM SURVIVORS OF CHILDHOOD SEXUAL ABUSE. IT WAS HARD TO HEAR. BUT THEY HOPE BY SHARING THEIR STORIES, IT WILL MOVE THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY TO VOTE ON AND PASS THIS BILL – SOMETHING THEY DIDN’T GET TO DO LAST YEAR.m here to speak with y Today I’m here to speak with you as a survivor of sexual violence ONE BY ONE – SURVIVORS RECOUNTED THEIR STORIES OFBUSE BE CHILDHOOD SEXUAL ABUSE BEFORE THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE TUESDAY NIGHT. The first memory that came to me was almost as a mantra, I don’t have to feel it. I don’t have to feel anything. AMONG THEM DR ANN HAGAN WEBB. HER SISTER, REP CAROL HAGAN MCENTEE IS THE LEAD SPONSOR OF A BILL THAT WOULD EXTEND THE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS ON CHILDHOOD SEXUAL ABUSE CASES FROM 7 YEARS AFTER THE VICTIM’S 18TH BIRTHDAY, TO 35. A the age of 25 which is the current age that we have here in Rhode Island, the only thing that I wanted to do with what happned to me is to make it go away. THEY CAME FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO TESTIFY – SARAH KLEIN IS OLYMPIC GYMANSTIC TEAM DOCTOR LARRY NASSAR’S FIRST KNOWN VICTIM. There are many survivors here in rhode island who have similar stories to mine. Children who watch cartoons and play with barbies do not realize they are being sexually abused until many years or decades later. SOME, LIKE JIM SCANLAN – SUFFERED THEIR ABUSE AT THE HANDS OF CLERGY. You see here tonight, survivors. [butted] We’re protecting lives of the kids today. We’re not here for ourselves AND ONE PERSON WHO TESTIFIED TONIGHT SAID THE BILL WAS NO ANTI-CATHOLIC BUT PRO-CHILD. THE DIOCESE DECLINED OUR REQUESTS FOR AN INTERVIEW TONIGHT AND WERE NOT REPRESENTED AT TONIGHT’S HEARING. THE BILL IS BEING HELD FOR FURTHER STUDY. KIM KALUNIAN EYEWITNESS NEWS.

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