One of the major problems for victims of sexual abuse - especially when they are children - is that their crimes happen long before they
are ready or able to deal with them mentally and emotionally. The result is that many victims crimes are never prosecuted
because the statue of limitations has run out on the sexual abuse crimes (as well as rape cases). A statute of limitations forbids
prosecutors or plaintiffs from taking legal action after a certain number of years.
The Catholic Church exploits this loophole to protect their pedophile priests. Priests are moved around from Parish to Parish so their
older crimes are more likely to be protected under statue of limitations. The Church refuses to acknowledge any crimes so that
the victims don't press charges within the statue of limitations.
The fact that the Catholic Church has intentionally, systematically and worldwide worked to undermine victims of child sexual
abuse from brining their cases should invalidate any statue of limitations laws that may complicate prosecution. The Catholic
Church completey perverted our justice system. Allowing them to use statue of limitations laws to avoid prosecution for
hideous crimes is adding insult to injury and allowing them to manipulate the system.
Statue of Limitation laws are unconstitutional and deny people due process. Statue of Limitation laws were created by the illuminati
to protect their pedophiles and rapists. Both crimes are actively promoted by the illuminati and having these laws on the books
provides the illuminati with protection from facing punishment for their crimes.
Statue of Limitation laws don't make any sense. These sorts of crimes are harder to prove decades after they
are committed. What does the statue of limitations protect? It's not like the person who committed the crimes
needs more protection from being prosecuted. These cases are inherently difficult to prove (often being he said vs she/he said).
Evidence is difficult to obtain, witnesses reluctant to talk about what happened. Cases of pedophilia and rape are already very difficult
to prove, Statue of Limitations laws essentially legalize the crimes after a period.
Some argue that Statue of limitation laws protect people from false claims of abuse but this doesn't make any sense at all.
Statue of Limitations have nothing to do with whether someone fraudulently claims abuse. If someone is going to make up an
abuse story, they can say the abuse happened within the Statue of Limitations. Statue of Limitations has nothing to do with
preventing false claims.
We should overturn our Statue of Limitation laws especially in regards to cases of child sexual abuse and rape. These laws are a major
part of the pedophilia and rape problem in America.
There is a growing movement to get rid of statue of limitation laws but the Catholic Church is spending millions of dollars to keep the
laws in place because these laws protect their pedophile priests. Victims' advocates said they view extending or abolishing statutes of limitations
as the best way to force Church leaders to take further action.
The Catholic Church is using its legal and political clout to oppose bills that would extend the statute of limitations for victims of child sex abuse.
The U.S. church has already been dealt a heavy financial blow by settlement payments and other costs totaling around $3 billion, which has forced it to sell off assets and cut costs.
"It is the bishops who have blocked any kind of meaningful reform," said Marci Hamilton, a professor at the Cardozo School of Law in New York who studies statutes of limitations.
"The bishops and the pope have a lot of explaining to do as to why it would be in their mission to keep all of these victims from seeking justice."
Reports that Catholic priests had sexually assaulted children, and that bishops had worked to cover up the rapes, first became big news in 2002.
As many as 100,000 U.S. children may have been the victims of clerical sex abuse, insurance experts said in a paper presented at a Vatican conference in 2012. Some 4,300 members of the Catholic clergy were accused of sexual assault, of which at least 300 have been convicted, according to Bishop Accountability, a private group that has tracked the scandal.
U.S. statutes of limitations for criminal and civil cases vary widely from state to state, making for a patchwork system determining victims' rights to seek redress in the courts.
Six U.S. states, including Connecticut and Delaware, have extended their statutes of limitation for child sex abuse.
A victim of child sex abuse in Delaware, for example, no longer faces any deadline to launch a civil suit against an alleged abuser, and one in Connecticut has until age 48, with no limit if the person is convicted of first-degree sexual assault. Pennsylvania law gives a victim only until age 30 to take legal action.
Bishops' lobbying groups are fighting efforts to extend the statue of limitations in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Iowa.
New York bishops since 2006 have been fighting a bill that would eliminate both civil and criminal statute of limitations for past cases of child sex abuse, though they say they support an alternate proposal that would only apply to future abuse.
Civil suits are often the only legal avenue they have to seek redress and that naming alleged abusers in court can help stop them targeting other victims, victims' advocates say.
A 44-year-old Pennsylvania state representative, Mark Rozzi ran for office promising to change the law in 2012 after learning that three childhood friends who had also been sexually abused by priests had committed suicide.
The priest in question was charged in 2002 with sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy in Texas and died while awaiting trial, according to media reports.
"When I was 13 years old and I was standing in the shower getting raped with my best friend outside the door, do you think I knew what a statute of limitations was?" Rozzi said.