Lawmakers renew effort to eliminate statute of limitations on sexual assault

Lawmakers renew effort to eliminate statute of limitations on sexual assault

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(HE) TONIGHT WE’RE CONTINUING TO TRACK THE FALL-OUT FROM THAT EXPLOSIVE GRAND JURY REPORT RELEASED TUESDAY IN PENNSYLVANIA… FINDING HUNDREDS OF CATHOLIC PRIESTS SEXUALLY ABUSED MORE THAN A THOUSAND CHILDREN…. AND LIKELY THOUSANDS MORE OVER SEVEN DECADES. (MM) AS LAWMAKERS IN PENNSYLVANIA GET TO WORK TRYING TO CHANGE THEIR LAWS IN THE WAKE OF THE REPORT… SOME RHODE ISLAND LEGISLATORS HOPE TO DO THE SAME HERE. EYEWITNESS NEWS REPORTER STEPH MACHADO JOINS US LIVE IN THE NEWSROOM WITH — THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS. (SM) IN THE WAKE OF THE DEVASTATING GRAND JURY REPORT IN PENNSYLVANIA IMPLICATING HUNDREDS OF PRIESTS, THAT STATE’S LAWMAKERS ARE TAKING A LOOK AT EXTENDING THEIR CRIMINAL AND CIVIL STATUTES OF LIMITATION FOR CHILD SEX ABUSE. SOME LEGISLATORS TRIED TO DO THE SAME HERE IN RHODE ISLAND THIS YEAR…BUT THE BILL NEVER GOT A VOTE. THE GRAND JURY REPORT IN PENNSYLVANIA IMPLICATED MORE THAN 300 PRIESTS…AND FOUND MORE THAN A THOUSAND VICTIMS OF SEXUAL ABUSE… I was horrified, as most all of us were, and the stories are very graphic. But I can’t say that I’m surprised, unfortunately. THE ISSUE OF CLERGY SEX ABUSE IS A PERSONAL ONE FOR STATE REPRESENTATIVE CAROL HAGAN MCENTEE….HER SISTER ANN HAGAN WEBB HAS SPOKEN PUBLICLY ABOUT BEING ABUSED AS A CHILD…. AND SHE PUSHED FOR A BILL LAST YEAR THAT WOULD ELIMINATE THE CIVIL STATUTE NS FOR CHILD SEX OF LIMITATIONS FOR CHILD SEX ABUSE LAWSUITS. to protect children against pedophiles and give them their day in court. LIKE THE CASES IN PENNSYLVANIA, LOCAL CASES OF CLERGY SEX ABUSE IN NEW ENGLAND HAVE COME TO LIGHT DECADES AFTER THE FACT… LIKE JIM SCANLON….WHOSE STORY WAS PORTRAYED IN THE MOVIE SPOTLIGHT…. I survived my shame, my guilty and my fear RHODE ISLAND DOES NOT HAVE A CRIMINAL STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS FOR SEXUAL ABUSE AGAINST A CHILD. BUT WHEN DECADES HAVE PASSED IT CAN BE DIFFICULT TO RECOVER ENOUGH EVIDENCE FOR A PROSECUTION. A LAWSUIT IS THE NEXT OPTION…BUT A CHILD VICTIM WOULD NEED TO FILE A LAWSUIT BY AGE 25…MCENTEE’S BILL TO EXTEND THAT TIME PERIOD NEVER GOT A VOTE DESPITE TESTIMONY FROM MANY VICTIMS. The church lobbied heavily against the bill MCENTEE SAYS THIS ISN’T JUST ABOUT THE CHURCH…BUT ALL SEXUAL ABUSE AGAINST CHILDREN….SHE PLANS TO FIGHT TO PASS IT AGAIN NEXT YEAR. I do believe the extent of the problem is greater than any of us know. (SM) AND THE RHODE ISLAND CATHOLIC CONFERENCE DID OPPOSE THAT LEGISLATION WHEN IT WAS PROPOSED, ARGUING STATUTES OF LIMITATION PROTECT PEOPLE AGAINST FALSE CLAIMS… TODAY THE DIOCESE OF PROVIDENCE WEIGHED IN ON THE ALLEGATIONS FROM PENNSYLVANIA SAYING THEY ARE RENEWING THEIR COMMITMENT TO PROTECT CHILDREN AND PURGE THE CHURCH OF THESE HORRIBLE ACTS. STEPH MACHADO, EYEWITNESS NEWS.

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  • Anna Lopez Post author

    How can parents put their children in the arms of known child molesters in the Church? Bible states beware of false prophets Satan is a liar and put no man before GOD. 😢

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