Showing posts from June, 2012

Read this story from the New York Times: Church Battles Efforts to Ease Sex Abuse Suits

Original article found here Church Battles Efforts to Ease Sex Abuse Suits By Laurie Goodstein and Erik Eckholm Published: June 14, 2012 Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia says statutes of limitations exist for “sound legal reasons.” While the first criminal trial of a Roman Catholic church official accused of covering up child sexual abuse has drawn national attention to Philadelphia, the church has been quietly engaged in equally consequential battles over abuse, not in courtrooms but in state legislatures around the country. The fights concern proposals to loosen statutes of limitations, which impose deadlines on when victims can bring civil suits or prosecutors can press charges. These time limits, set state by state, have held down the number of criminal prosecutions and civil lawsuits against all kinds of people accused of child abuse — not just clergy members, but also teachers, youth counselors and family members accused of incest. Victims and