Editorial: In support of Bill 326
The Guam Daily Post, Post News Staff June 28, 2016
We join those in the community who support Bill 326 which proposes to eliminate the statute of limitations for civil cases involving child sex abuse. We continue to see child molestation as a particularly heinous crime with traumatic, long-term emotional impact.
We continue to see child molestation as a particularly heinous crime with traumatic, long-term emotional impact. Children are often not able to understand what happened to them or why, and are unable to report the attack. That the attacker is often someone known and trusted by the young victim makes the act that much more traumatic and, we believe, difficult to report.
The bill appears to have been prompted by recent accusations of sexual abuse leveled against Archbishop Anthony Apuron. The accusations involve acts that are alleged to have occurred as long ago as 40 years, as such they are well outside the current two-year statute of limitations. Apuron has not been proven guilty of any crime, but...