In Sex Abuse Cases, an Expiration Date Is Often Attached

DEC. 4, 2017, The New York Times

When John Humphrey was a student at the Pingry School in Basking Ridge, N.J., in the early 1970s, he was sexually abused by a teacher, he said. It began when he was 11 years old, and happened several times a week over two school years, until he left the school after the sixth grade.

Ray Dackerman said he was abused more than 100 times while he was a student at Pingry around the same time, beginning when he was 12 years old. The abuse took place in the teacher’s office and in Boy Scout tents, and even in the teacher’s home while his wife was in the house.

Mr. Humphrey and Mr. Dackerman say they were abused by the same man, Thad Alton, at the same school — even in the same tent at the same time. In its own investigation, Pingry found that . . . 

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  • John Nesbella
    commented 2017-12-05 10:34:51 -0600
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    “Mediation fell apart because their lawyers felt that the school was hoping to pay little or nothing to survivors outside the statute of limitations.”

    These ‘institutions’ play games with the statute of limitations-The Roman Catholic Church is an expert at this: moving priests around-even to overseas locations, employing delay tactics, sealing court records, lying to survivors and their families. And then when the statue has expired they wash their hands. In the Altoona-Johnstown area we had a Grand Jury report in which dozens of priests admitted to molesting numerous children and they all went scot-free because the statute of limitations had expired. There was nothing to stop the leaders of the great church from punishing these molesters-but they did nothing-they are all retired with full benefits and honors. And they are self-admitted child molesters. These are some of the reasons why the statute of limitations should be completely abolished to the sexual abuse of Children.

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