NJ--Cosby evades prosecution on “legal technicality”

NJ--Cosby evades prosecution on “legal technicality”

For immediate release: Thursday, July 2

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 503 0003, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org)

Serial abuser Bill Cosby apparently won’t be criminally charged in New Jersey because – like hundreds of clergy and thousands of rapists – he’s successfully exploited archaic, predator-friendly statutes of limitations. We hope another accuser, Judy Huth, will have more success in her California case.

http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/news/crime/no-charges-for-bill-cosby-in-atlantic-city-rape-allegations/article_e5875224-201f-11e5-b476-73aff9b4de07.html

And we hope that others who saw, suspected or suffered Cosby’s crimes will continue to step forward.

It’s heart-breaking every time a sex offender escapes responsibility for his crimes because of outdated state laws. We hope lawmakers all across the US will move faster to extend or eliminate these dangerous laws that only help those who commit or conceal sex crimes.

(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)

Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org), Barbara Blaine(312-399-4747bblaine@snapnetwork.org), Mark Crawford (732-632-7687mecrawf@comcast.net)

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