MI--Victims applaud abuse vote but want to see more
For immediate release: Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016
We are glad that a child sex reform bill is moving forward but Michigan lawmakers can and should do much more that extend the state’s archaic, arbitrary and predator-friendly statute of limitations.
We’re relieved that Senator Steve Bieda’s measure won a unanimous vote in committee. But six states have gone further. They’ve opened one or two or three years “civil window” which immediately makes kids safer by exposing hundreds of child sex offenders and their “enablers” in civil courts. These essentially suspend the statute of limitations for anyone abused at any time as a child.)
Windows also do more to discourage employers from ignoring or enabling child sex crimes in the future.
Any longer statute of limitations for child sex crimes is progress. But this particular reform, if enacted, just nibbles at the edges of a crisis. Immediate statute of limitations reform – especially a civil window - is much more effective and just. It will expose those who commit and conceal child sex crimes right away, not decades in the future.
We urge Michigan citizens, especially parents, to actively back this bill and vigorously push for even more effective legislative reform so that tens of thousands will be spared the crippling devastation child sex crimes cause.
No matter what lawmakers do or don’t do, we urge every single person who saw, suspected or suffered child sex crimes and cover ups – especially in schools, churches or other institutions - to protect kids by calling police, get help by calling therapists, expose wrongdoers by calling attorneys, and be comforted by calling support groups like ours. This is how kids will be safer, adults will recover, criminals will be prosecuted, cover ups will be deterred and the truth will surface.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 20,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)
Bill to nix statute of limitations from child sex-abuse cases OK’d by Senate panel
By Jameson Cook, firstname.lastname@example.org, 11/30/16,
A bill that eliminates the 10-year statute of limitations for criminal cases involving child sex-abuse victims unanimously passed a Senate panel.
The Senate Judiciary Committee approved the bill 5-0 on Wednesday, and it was referred to the full Senate for a potential vote, according to state officials. The bill’s main Senate sponsor is state Sen. Steve Bieda, D-Warren. A companion bill, HB 5859, in the state House of Representatives, sponsored by Rep. Adam Zemke, D–Ann Arbor, has not made it out of the Criminal Justice Committee.
The bill would eliminate the . . .
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
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.
The Attorneys General of forty states have inquired about the grand jury process in Pennsylvania. Let's get statewide investigations going in fifty states.
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