Lawmakers Want To Extend Statute Of Limitations For Sexual Abuse Reporters

Lawmakers Want To Extend Statute Of Limitations For Sexual Abuse Reporters

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WE DON’T KNOW IF THE SUSPECT FIRED HIS GUN. THREE OFFICERS RESPONDING ARE ON ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE. IF YOU TRY TO COVER UP A CHILD SEXUAL ASSAULT, YOU WILL FACE CONSEQUENCES. THAT’S THE GOAL OF A NEW BILL BEFORE COLORADO LAWMAKERS. THE MESSAGE IS CLEAR. POLITICAL SPECIALIST SHAUN BOYD IS JOINING US LIVE FROM THE CAPITOL, AND ONE SEXUAL ABUSE SURVIVOR WANTS TO DO WHAT HE CAN TO TRY AND PROTECT OTHERS. REPORTER: AND KAREN, HE SAYS ONE WAY TO DO THAT IS TO GO AFTER PEOPLE WHO KNOW ABOUT ABUSE BUT DON’T REPORT IT, ALLOWING FOR MORE VICTIMS. CERTAIN PROFESSIONS, TEACHERS, CLERGY, DOCTORS, ARE REQUIRED TO REPORT SUSPECTED ABUSE OR FACE CHARGES. BUT IF THEY DON’T REPORT FOR 18 MONTHS, KEEP IT SECRET, THAT’S THE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS, THEY ARE FREE AND CLEAR. THIS LEGISLATION WOULDN’T LET THEM OFF SO EASY. THE PAIN JUST SWELLS UP. REPORTER: 63 YEARS AFTER PAUL QUINN WAS SEXUALLY ABUSED BY A CATHOLIC PRIEST, HE REMAINS TORMENTED. TALKING ABOUT THE ABUSE, SO TRAUMATIC, IT TOOK HIM 32 YEARS TO OPEN UP. WE’RE NOT TALKING ABOUT REPRESSED M MEMORIES HERE. I ALWAYS REMEMBERED IT. I JUST COULDN’T TALK ABOUT IT. THERE’S A SHAME TO IT. REPORTER: THE PRIEST WOULD GO ON TO ABUSE OTHER CHILDREN BEFORE BEING PROSECUTED DECADES LATER. THE CHURCH, QUINN SAYS, COVERED IT UP UP. I REMEMBER ONE NOTE IN THE FILE, A HANDWRITTEN NOTE FROM THE BISHOP. I GOT A PACK OF CASH READY FOR YOU. THERE WAS A CALL , SOMETHING ABOUT A KID, GET OUT OF TOWN. REPORTER: QUINN SAYS PEOPLE IN POWER, LIKE CHURCH LEADERS NEED TO BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE. AFTER 18 MONTHS A DISTRICT ATTORNEY CAN’T PROSECUTE SOMEONE FOR NOT REPORTING ABUSE, EVEN IF IT’S CONCEALED PURPOSEFULLY. 18 MONTHS JUST ISN’T ENOUGH. REPORTER: THIS REPRESENTATIVE, SPONSOR OF A BILL THAT WOULD EXTEND THE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS TO THREE YEARS. THE COLORADO DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S COUNCIL AMONG THE SUPPORTERS. WHEN THEY DON’T ACT AND ROB US OF THAT OPPORTUNITY TO INTERVENE, THOSE CHILDREN CONTINUE TO SUFFER AT THE HANDS OF THEIR ABUSERS, AND ADDITIONAL CHILDREN BECOME VICTIMS. I’M 78 YEARS OLD, THIS HAPPENED 63 YEARS OLD. REPORTER: QUINN IS SILENT NO MORE. I WANT IT TO STOP. REPORTER: NOW THIS BILL STARTED IN THE SENATE WHERE IT INITIALLY HAD A FIVE-YEAR STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS AFTER PUSH BACK FROM THE STATE’S LARGEST TEACHERS UNION, LAWMAKERS AMENDED THE BILL TO MAKE IT THAT THREE YEAR STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS. IT PASSED THE SENATE AND TODAY UNANIMOUSLY PASSED OUT OF A HOUSE COMMITTEE, AND I THINK

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