Survivors of child sex abuse support bill to eliminate statute of limitations

Survivors of child sex abuse support bill to eliminate statute of limitations

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>>WE KNOW THAT IT TAKES UNTIL
AT LEAST 40 YEARS FOR THE
AVERAGE VICTIM TO COME FORWARD.>>LAWYERS MALL LUNCHTIME ON
THURSDAY, A PROTEST POPPED UP. SURVIVORS OF CHILD SEX ABUSE
SPEAKING OUT. INCLUDING DAVID LORENZ. HOLDING A PHOTO OF HIS
16-YEAR-OLD SELF. THE YEAR HE SAYS HE WAS ABUSED
BY PRIEST AT HIS PAROCHIAL
SCHOOL.>>I ALWAYS REMEMBERED IT. I NEVER FORGOT ABOUT IT. WRESTLED WITH IT, HAD INSOMNIA
ABOUT IT. HAD ANXIETY ABOUT IT. NEVER TOLD ANYBODY.>>AN EMOTIONAL PLEA. FOR LAWMAKERS TO GET BEHIND THIS
STACK OF PAPER. COMPRISES HOUSE BILL 687. THE MEASURE, WOULD ELIMINATE THE
STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS FOR CHILD
SEX ABUSE VICTIMS TO FILE CIVIL
CLAIMS. THE CURRENT CUT-OFF IS AGE 38.>>IT TAKES YEARS AND YEARS FOR
VICTIMS OF ABUSE TO IDENTIFY
THEIR EXPERIENCE.>>THIS EVENT, ORGANIZED BY
SNAP, THE SURVIVORS NETWORK OF
THOSE ABUSED BY PRIESTS. WHICH BELIEVES MOMENTUM IS ON
THEIR SIDE. AS FALLOUT CONTINUES FROM THE
CHURCH SEX ABUSE SCANDAL. AND, FOLLOWING THE VATICAN SEX
ABUSE SUMMIT WHICH JUST WRAPPED
UP IN ROME.>>WE CAN ALWAYS HOPE THOUGH,
THEY SHOULD BE ON THE RIGHT SIDE
OF HISTORY AND NOW THEY ARE
NOT.>>BUT TODAY THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
WASN’T BITING. IN FACT NO ONE SIGNED UP TO
TESTIFY IN OPPOSITION TO THE
BILL AT IT’S HEARING THIS
AFTERNOON. A SPOKESMAN FOR THE ARCHDIOCESE
OF BALTIMORE TELLS 11 NEWS, THE
CATHOLIC CHURCH HAS NO OFFICIAL
POSITION ON THE MEASURE. JUST TWO YEARS AGO, THE CHURCH
SUPPORTED AN EXTENSION OF TH
CURRENT STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS
TO 38.>>IF THIS BILL IS PASSED,
WHETHER THE AGE CAP SHOULD BE
ELIMINATED GOING FORWARD ONLY OR
IF THERE SHOULD BE SOME SORT OF
LOOK BACK IS WITH THE
LEGISLATURES ARE CALLING IT TO GRANDFATHER IT END IN

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