Local rep sponsors bill to help victims of sexual abuse

Local rep sponsors bill to help victims of sexual abuse

By KENDRA GRAVELLE, May 11, 2018, The Narragansett Times

PROVIDENCE—Rep. Carol Hagan McEntee has joined with other advocates for victims of sexual abuse to fight to abolish the statute of limitations for pressing civil charges against alleged sexual abusers. 

Introduced in the House by McEntee (D-Dist. 33, South Kingstown, Narragansett) and in the Senate by Sen. Donna M. Nesselbush (D-Dist. 15, Pawtucket, North Providence), the legislation proposed would eliminate the current seven-year civil statute of limitations (SOL) for injuries suffered as a result of sexual abuse.

“Basically, what happens to these people is when they get abused as a child they’re silenced by their perpetrator,” McEntee said Monday. “Then once they get their voice as adults they’re silenced again.”

The current SOL means victims of sexual abuse have just seven years from the time they experience the abuse—or from the time they turn 18—to file a claim. 

Part of the problem with that, McEntee said, is often victims . . . 

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  • commented 2018-05-12 21:11:57 -0500
    In the article it states, Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence has in place one of the strongest anti-sexual abuse programs in the United States, which includes offices of compliance and education. so does the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. The problem is that they do not have to follow it. Typically there is no civil law that can force a private organization to follow it’s internal rules. The USCCB will tell you they have no enforcement powers over any Archdiocese or Diocese to follow the guidelines that have been published. A rule without enforcement, in many ways, is worse than no rule. The Archdiocese of Cincinnati will fire a kindergarten teacher because she used yarn to give the child a boundary in her seat and state that she was fired because she violated the Decree on Child Protection. One year later in 2014, they will allow a priest to continue in his position after it is reported that he stated he was communicating with a 16 year old female on average once a day for the past three years. When told by the mother that he could no longer communicate with her daughter he stated he did not think he could do that. He then proceeded to violate a letter from the parents written at the request and with guidance from Auxiliary Bishop Joe Binzer, barring him from further communication with this minor. The priest was still allowed to remain in his position. Fifteen months later the priest was finally removed under allegations of further abuse. He was listed in the Parish bulletin as on “Medical Leave”. They have now hired a lawyer to gather information and quietly remove him from the priesthood. Anyone who believes the abuse and cover up has stopped is wrong. I commend these legislatures for working to protect these innocent victims. No one in the hierarchy of the church is going to help you, it is way past time that the civil process now puts in rules to stop this horror to these children If you think other wise, contact me and I will tell you how it really works. I am not talking about decades again, I am talking about today. You want to stop it, pass a law that anyone in authority who does not promptly report these predators or worse, covers for them, is subject to mandatory jail time. No SOL applies. If you do not understand, talk to a survivor or a member of their family. You will change your mind.