“This bill does what every grand jury has asked — it opens a two-year window so that victims of sexual abuse, who missed the statute of limitations, can pursue civil claims against the abuser who robbed them of their innocence and childhood. Hard copy evidence exists for many of these claims to be proven beyond any doubt. All we need are some courageous elected officials in Harrisburg who are willing to do the right thing.” Continue reading
To understand Pa. battle over clergy sex-abuse victims law, look to Delaware By Maria Panaritis, Staff Writer Philadelphia Inquirer June 5, 2016 What happened to his son remains so seared in his memory that when he talks about it, Thomas Conaty speaks as though he is still the young father of a grade-school boy. … Continue reading
“As adults, we have a legal and moral obligation to stand up and speak out for children who are being abused – they cannot speak for themselves.” —Beau Biden “The Beau Biden Foundation for the Protection of Children is designed to continue his life’s passion: protecting children. Biden’s widow Hallie and the Delaware Community Foundation … Continue reading
A groundswell to protect kids? Pa., N.Y., Minn., Mass. and other states weigh CVA and SOL reforms Grassroots statute of limitations reform efforts — that are ready to protect children and provide an avenue to justice for victims of childhood sexual abuse — are pending in state legislatures across the United States right now. But … Continue reading
CARDOZO LAW Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. Yeshiva University October 18, 2012 Comment by Professor Marci A. Hamilton on Behalf of Over 20 Child Advocacy Organizations In Support of Boy Scout Survivors of Sex Abuse on Release of “Perversion Files” Sadly, Many Will Be Unable to Obtain Justice “The Boy Scouts of America is … Continue reading
Unprecedented look at struggle to manage a child sexual abuse crisis
The victims advocate group BishopAccountability.org is posting thousands of documents, hand-written notes and other evidence of abuse by priests within the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington. View the documents.
Video coverage of the Feb. 15, 2012, press conference announcing that records of accused priests are being released; resignations sought. Click here for WDEL video of press conference Delawareonline video of press conference:
Child Victim’s Act allows survivors to force disclosures and require child protection measures [News story w/ video] “Fourteen Delaware men announced Thursday that they had settled their child sexual abuse lawsuits against three Roman Catholic institutions for $7 million, the release of documents and dozens of other measures meant to protect children in the future …”
“New York lawmakers could reform child abuse laws” [Reuters]
“Pa. commission looks to strengthen child sex abuse laws” [TV news story with video]
More Shame Published: February 14, 2011 New York Times The Roman Catholic hierarchy in this country has promised accountability and justice for children sexually abused by priests. We fear it has a long way to go. A new inquiry has found that nearly a decade after the scandal engulfed the American church, children are still … Continue reading
A panel, featuring survivors of childhood sexual abuse and experts in the fields of law enforcement, constitutional law, victims’ advocacy and the counseling of childhood trauma victims, discussed Delaware’s Child Victim’s Act at its one-year milestone.