The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Child sex victims appeal to parents
"Help push for legislative reforms," they urge
Violated as a boy by a priest, he's now an advocate
"But we've got to make it easier to expose predators," he says
New Confidential Support Group being formed here
The Current state law gives victims of child sex crimes just two years from the time they reach 18 to expose their predators in civil courts. Victims of childhood sexual abuse suffer for their entire lives but often are unable to speak of their abuse until middle age or later.
SNAP believes that the statute of limitations for childhood sexual abuse should be eliminated altogether. Extending the statute of limitations will help protect children by exposing more sexual predators and their enablers. It will help deter those who commit and conceal child sex crimes.
When California enacted similar legislation in 2002, more than 300 previously undetected predators were publicly exposed.
SNAP wants the citizens of Virginia to contact their legislators and urge them to support this important legislation.
Mark McAllister plans to announce a new local self-help group for those victimized by religious figures and will urge anyone suffering to come forward and find support.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests