Senate Committee hears testimony on bill that would extend statute of limitations

Senate Committee hears testimony on bill that would extend statute of limitations

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ANOTHER NIGHT OF EMOTIONAL TESTIMONY AT THE STATE HOUSE — ON LEGISLATION TO EXPAND THE CIVIL STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS FOR CHILD SEX ABUSE VICTIMS. (HE) TONIGHT — THE SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE TOOK UP THE LEGISLATION. BACK IN FEBRUARY — VICTIMS FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY TESTIFIED IN FRONT OF THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE. (MM) SOME OF THOSE VICTIMS RETURNED TONIGHT — DETERMINED TO MOVE THIS BILL FORWARD. EYEWITNESS NEWS REPORTER SHIINA LOSCIUTO IS LIVE IN THE NEWSROOM … … WITH THE NEW DETAILS. (SL) ONE BY ONE SEVERAL VICTIMS SPOKE UP TESTIFYING.. MANY SAYING THEY HOPE IT’S THE LAST TIME THEY HAVE TO DO SO. URGING LAWMAKERS TO SEND THIS BILL TO THE FULL FLOOR FOR A VOTE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. “as a catholic family, or any religious family…” REPRESENTATIVE CAROL HAGAN MCENTEE SITS ALONG HER SISTER DR. ANNE HAGAN WEBB, BOTH TESTIFYING BEFORE THE SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITEE…. “like put your self in my shoes, put your self in the shoes of these victims, and you tell them that there’s no justice. because there should be.” MCENTEE IS THE LEAD SPONSOR OF THE BILL PUSHING TO EXTEND THE CIVIL STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS FOR CHILD SEX ABUSE CASES IN RHODE ISLAND FROM 7 YEARS AFTER A VICTIM TURNS 18, TO 35. SENATOR DONNA NESSELBUSH IS THE SPONSOR OF THE BILL IN THE SENATE. “I will not give that testimony again now, I simply cant, that fact is the essence of my testimony tonight.” DR. ANNE HAGAN WEBB TESTIFIED BEFORE THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMITTEE JUST A FEW WEEKS AGO- TELLING HER STORY AS A VICTIM OF SEXUAL ABUSE. 5 DECADES LATER..SHE SAYS SHARING THE DETAILS STILL HURT. “i felt exposed and vulnerable for days, now multiply that by 2 or ten or a hundred. That’s what it feels like for an abuse survivor their abuse for the first time.” THE DIOCESE OF PROVIDENCE DID NOT SEND ANYONE TO TESTIFY AT THE HEARING, BUT DID TELL EYEWITNESS NEWS THEY SUBMITTED A STATEMENT OPPOSING THE BILL IN IT’S CURRENT FORM…STATING IN PART: “..it complicates and impedes the administration of justice and does little to protect victims. In fact, this bill as written could make the pursuit of justice and healing more difficult, not less.” (SL) COMMITEES ON BOTH THE HOUSE AND SENATE SIDE HAVE NOW HEARD TESTIMONY ON THIS BILL. THERE’S NO CLEAR TIMELINE ON THE BILL MOVING FORWARD, AS OF RIGHT NOW THERE IS NO VOTE SCHEDULED. REPORTING LIVE IN THE NEWSROOM, I’M SHIINA LOSCIUTO, EYEWITNESS NEWS.

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