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Kelly argues against time limits on sex cases involving children: Victims respond

Statement by Joelle Casteix, SNAP Western Regional Director (949) 322-7434 cell, 

We applaud St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly. Illinois children who are victims of sex crimes should never be limited by arbitrary deadlines when seeking justice. 
Men and women who prey on children love short statutes of limitations. Predators know children take decades to understand the crimes committed against them and that most victims will live decades in shame, fear, and silence, if they tell at all.
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Bishop of Altoona-Johnstown diocese is making a small step forward

For immediate release Monday, March 6, 2017

Statement by Judy Jones, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 974 5003,

We are grateful that Bishop Mark Bartchak of the Altoona-Johnstown diocese is making changes. We agree with him the “one case of abuse is too many.” This is a small step forward but the grand jury report came out over a year ago and we are still only seeing words and promises we are not seeing any actions that make children safer today than they were a year ago.   

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