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Archive for May 2007

News: Sexual-abuse statute bill hearing to resume May 29

From staff reports Posted on Delawareonline.com on Wednesday, May 23, 2007 DOVER — The House Judiciary Committee will continue its hearing on a bill that would eliminate the civil statute of limitations in cases of child sexual abuse at 1 p.m. May 29. Time ran out before even half of those who wished to comment … Continue reading

Opinion piece: This Catholic can absorb the harm to church by S.B. 29

Letter to the editor, published in The News Journal, May 21, 2007 I was one of many Delawareans in Dover to hear public comments concerning S.B. 29 that would eliminate a statute of limitations in sexual abuse cases. One of the views presented by a Delaware priest suggested this bill could hurt parishes, our churches … Continue reading

Opinion piece: Concern about child predators outweighs fears about S.B. 29

Letter to the editor, published in The News Journal, May 19, 2007 Senate Bill 29 is intended to protect all children in Delaware from predators. However, other than the insurance companies, we have only one well-funded, determined, institution that is fighting against the protection sought in S.B. 29 — the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington. In … Continue reading

Opinion piece: LOOKING BACK FOR JUSTICE

Letter to the Editor published in Commonweal Magazine on May 18, 2007 My stomach turned as I read the title of Mark A. Sargent’s article, “Vengence Time: When Abuse Victims Squander Their Moral Authority” (April 20). Since 2002, when I first became involved in supporting men and women who were victims of clergy abuse,I have … Continue reading

Opinion piece: Stark statistics about abuse show the need for new law

Letter to the editor, published in The News Journal, May 17, 2007 We are reminded of some statistics regarding sexual abuse with the University of Delaware’s tragic display, “UD students raise awareness of sexual assaults” (April 26). One in eight Delawareans has been sexually assaulted. One in three rape victims is younger than 13, and … Continue reading

Opinion Piece: Stop protecting predators with the passage of S.B. 29

Letter to the editor, published in The News Journal, May 14, 2007 The recent full page ad condemning S.B. 29’s attempt to protect children from sexual abuse says a lot. In fact it obscures the simple truth: Children have not been protected from sexual abuse because of the two-year statute of limitations. The ad makes … Continue reading

Opinion piece: Outside interests shouldn’t prevent protecting children

Letter to the editor, published in The News Journal, May 11, 2007 The reactionary group TFP has financed a full-page ad of disingenuous legal arguments and outright lies in The News Journal. Why is this radical group of outsiders telling Delaware’s Legislature to protect child molesters rather than children? By passing the Child Victims Act, … Continue reading

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