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...
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Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
Note to Letter Writers
Use your own words and style of writing. Cut and paste from the templates as you wish. Include your experiences, whether as a survivor or as a member of the community. And relate your letter to the state you were abused in or state now living in.