Proposal for change in sexual abuse statute of limitations

Proposal for change in sexual abuse statute of limitations

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(PL) THE CONVICTION OF CARDINAL PELL COMES ON THE HEELS OF A SUMMIT AT THE VATICAN ON HOW THE CHURCH SHOULD DEAL WITH CLERGY MEMBERS WHO ABUSE CHILDREN. (DN) AND TODAY — LAWMAKERS ON SMITH HILL WILL BE TAKING UP A BILL THAT WOULD EXTEND THE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS FOR SEXUAL ABUSE…. GIVING SURVIVORS MORE TIME TO COME FORWARD…. AND HAVE THEIR ABUSERS HELD ACCOUNTABLE. MICHAELA MACDONALD JOINS US NOW LIVE IN THE CONTROL ROOM WITH THE DETAILS. (MAC) LOCAL SEX ABUSE SURVIVORS ARE EXPECTED TO TESTIFY AT THE STATE HOUSE AGAIN TONIGHT, AS THEY DID LAST YEAR. REPRESENATTIVE CAROL HAGAN MCENTEE AND SENATOR DONNA NESSELBUSH ARE ONCE AGAIN PUSHING FOR LEGISLATION TO EXTEND THE CIVIL STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS FOR CHILD SEX ABUSE SURVIVORS. THE BILL PROPOSES EXTENDING THE CIVIL STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS TO 35 YEARS AFTER A VICTIM TURNS 18. TODAY THE BILL WILL GET A HEARING BEFORE THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE. THE PUSH FOR THIS EXTENSION WAS RENEWED AFTER A GRAND JURY REPORT IN PENNSYLVANNIA REVEALED MORE THAN A THOUSAND CHILDREN WERE MOLESTED BY MORE THAN 300 ROMAN CATHOLIC PRIESTS IN THE STATE— ABUSE THAT WAS SYSTEMATICALLY COVERED UP. THE PROPOSED LEGISLATION IN RHODE ISLAND DID NOT GET A VOTE LAST YEAR. Rep. Carol Hagan McEntee “So ten o’clock at night on the last Saturday, I’m sitting in the judiciary committee and the bill that was promised to me never came forward.” Sen. Donna Nesselbush “I will tell you that the testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee of these very couragerous victims was the most powerful day I have ever lived at the Rhode Island State House.” HAGAN MCENTEE SAYS THE CHURCH HEAVILY LOBBIED AGAINST THIS BILL LAST TIME AROUND. STAY WITH EYEWITNESS NEWS FOR MORE FROM THE STATE HOUSE THIS EVENING. MM EYN.

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