DC- SNAP praises attorney for SOL elimination efforts

DC- SNAP praises attorney for SOL elimination efforts

For immediate release: Friday, September 19, 2014

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 503 0003, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

The attorney for DC is calling on city council member to eliminate the statute of limitations for sex crimes. We applaud this effort.

Archaic statutes of limitations on child sex crimes only protect dangerous predators who more often than not will hurt more than one child. To help prevent future crimes removing the statute of limitations (SOL) is necessary.

Kids are safest when predators are jailed. The biggest obstacle to that is a restrictive, arbitrary and predator-friendly statute of limitations. 

Furthermore, most child molesters are never prosecuted. So the next best approach is to use the courts to warn parents and the public about them, and get them exposed, suspended, or fired so they will have less access to kids. That's why removing the civil statutes of limitations is also important. 

We hope U.S. Attorney Ron Machen is successful in his efforts to abolish SOL in DC. More children will be safe for it.

(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around for 25 years and have more than 20,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)

Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, davidgclohessy@gmail.com), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com), Becky Ianni of northern Virginia (703 801 6044, SNAPVirginia@cox.net)

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