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Opinion piece: Support needed for victims’ rights bill to become law

Letter to the editor published in The News Journal June 5, 2007 I share the views of two recent letter-writers who eloquently stated that concern about child predators far outweighs the fears about S.B. 29 and that if we neglect the abused, the price will be much higher for the Catholic Church than any presumed … Continue reading

Opinion piece: One lone priest supported Senate bill on sexual abuse

Letter to the editor published in The News Journal June 2, 2007 I would like to express my thanks to those members of both the House and Senate for hours upon hours spent in listening to the testimonies and views of the citizens of Delaware with regard to Senate Bill 29. The coverage of the … 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

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