Philadelphia Dysfunction and Guam Success

If I did not get answers to these questions that fully satisfied me, I'd quit in order to protect my reputation.

The Good News for Child Sex Abuse Victims
There was good news for all child sex abuse survivors yesterday, though, in two locations. In Guam, the Governor signed into law a window that will permit victims two years to bring civil claims despite expired statutes of limitations and another law that eliminated the statutes of limitations. In Hawaii, a bill with similar provisions passed the full Senate and now moves to the House.

In both Guam and Hawaii, the Archdiocesan lobbyists fought hard to kill the bills. And in both places they were defeated, with legislators choosing child victims over the bishops' demands. The tipping point for the liberation of child sex abuse victims from oppressive statutes of limitations has arrived.

3/9/2011 5:00:00 AM
  • God vs Gavel
  • Children
  • Law
  • politics
  • Roman Catholic Church
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Marci Hamilton
    About Marci Hamilton
    Marci A. Hamilton is the Paul R. Verkuil Chair in Public Law, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University and author of Justice Denied: What America Must Do to Protect Its Children (Cambridge, 2008) and God vs. the Gavel: Religion and the Rule of Law (Cambridge, 2005, 2007).