The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Statement
For immediate release: Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Ohio Supreme Court rules on child sex abuse / memory repression
Statement by Barbara Blaine of Chicago, president of a Chicago-based international support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (312-399-4747)
It's tragic that a state law intended to give child sex abuse victims more legal opportunities is now being used to deny some of them any legal opportunities.
In 2006, Ohio lawmakers gave some child sex abuse victims more time to expose their predators in court. But child sex abuse victims who, through no fault of their own and likely because their trauma was especially horrific, can't recover memories of their abuse by the age of 30 will now (thanks to today's Ohio Supreme Court ruling) never have the chance to expose their predators in court.
This new court decision shows just how archaic and predator friendly Ohio's child sex laws are. Legislators need to take a fresh look at these laws and reform them so that kids can better be protected and predators can better be exposed.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around for 22 years and have more than 9,000 members across the globe. 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)
Contacts: David Clohessy (314 566 9790 cell, 314 645 5915 home), Barbara Blaine (312 399 4747), Mark Serrano (703 727 4940), Peter Isely (414 429 7259), Barbara Dorris (314 503 0003)
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests