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Bill eliminating statute of limitations for child sex abuse civil suits heads to Biden’s desk

POLITICS FROM THE HILL  by: Mychael Schnell Posted: Sep 13, 2022 / 03:54 PM PDT Updated: Sep 13, 2022 / 11:51 PM PDT Read original story here- The House on Tuesday passed a bill eliminating the statute of limitations for victims of child sex abuse who seek to file civil claims, sending the measure to President Biden’s desk for final approval. The chamber cleared the bill, titled the Eliminating Limits to Justice for Child Sex Abuse Victims Act, by voice vote, a strategy reserved for non-controversial, popular measures. The Senate passed the legislation by unanimous consent in March. The measure calls for removing the statute of limitations for minors filing civil claims relating to a number of sex abuse crimes, including force labor, sex trafficking, sexual abuse and sexual exploitation of children. Under current law, minors who experience sexual abuse are able to file federal civil claims until they turn 28 years old, or until 10 years after the violation or injury is discovered. The bill Congress passed seeks to eliminate those time restraints. There is no statute of limitations in place for criminal offenses involving child sex abuse. During debate on the House floor Tuesday, Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) said survivors of child sex abuse often delay reporting their situations, which could put them at risk of not seeking damages because of the statute of limitations. “Also common is delayed disclosure, with the tendency of survivors of child sexual abuse to wait many years before disclosing abuse to others,” Nadler said. “This is because survivors of sexual abuse often take a long time to process their trauma and many survivors who were abused as a child may not even recognize the abuse they suffered until much later in life.” “Unfortunately, because survivors of child sexual abuse often delay reporting, any statute of limitations may prevent survivors accessing justice and seeking damages in civil court,” he added. The New York Democrat argued that statutes of limitations in place for civil claims of child sex abuse “can serve to protect abusers and enable them to continue to exploit their power by allowing victims’ claims to expire.” “This bill will enable survivors who are victims of federal child sex abuse offenses, including aggravated sexual abuse, sex trafficking, human trafficking, forced labor, and sexual exploitation, to seek civil damages in federal court regardless of the amount of time that has passed since the abuse,” he added. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) on the House floor Tuesday said the bill “would allow victims of human trafficking or sex offenses to seek civil remedies regardless of when the crime took place.”

Catholic priest who worked in Atlanta recently found to be "credibly accused" elsewhere: SNAP urges outreach

For Immediate Release: September 26, 2022 On September 22, 2022, the Diocese of Sacramento added Fr. Roberto Jaramillo to its list of clergy who have been "credibly accused" of child sex abuse. The priest also worked in the Archdiocese of Atlanta between 2005 and 2008, when Cardinal Wilton Gregory headed the Archdiocese. SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is concerned that Fr. Jaramillo may have victimized locally as well and begs Archbishop Gregory John Hartmayer to appeal to any survivors, witnesses, and whistleblowers to make a report directly to law enforcement. Fr. Jaramillo is accused of raping and sexually assaulting a female child between 1996 and 1999, and he is the subject of a felony arrest warrant on those charges. The Diocese of Sacramento is also aware of two additional allegations against the priest. He was accused of kissing a juvenile boy in 1999, and he was accused of sexually abusing an adult man in 2001. While in the Archdiocese of Atlanta, Fr. Jaramillo worked in at least two parishes. He was a parochial vicar at the Cathedral of Christ the King in Atlanta and later a parochial vicar at Our Lady of the Americas Mission in Lilburn. The priest returned to his home diocese in Columbia in 2008.  The survivors' group greatly fears that the three reported incidents in California were not isolated cases. In addition to urging the Archbishop to reach out to those who may have been hurt locally, SNAP also wants Fr. Jaramillo added to the Archdioceses' list of the "credibly accused." The group also suggests that the list be more prominently featured on the Archdiocese's homepage, to help victims who may be wondering if anyone else has reported their abuser.  CONTACT: Georgiana Pryzbylek, SNAP Atlanta ([email protected],404-406-3034), Dorothy Small, SNAP Sacramento ([email protected], 530-908-3676)  Melanie Sakoda, SNAP Survivor Support Coordinator ([email protected], 925-708-6175) Mike McDonnell, SNAP Communications Manager ([email protected], 267-261-0578) (SNAP, the Survivors Network, has been providing support for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings for more than 30 years. We have more than 25,000 survivors and supporters in our network. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)                                                                                                     ###

SNAP Applauds the Passage of an Adult Survivors Bill in California

For Immediate Release: September 26, 2022 Last week Governor Gavin Newsom signed California Assembly Bill 2777 into law. In addition to extending the civil statute of limitations for sexual assaults against adults, The Sexual Abuse and Cover Up Accountability Act also opens a window to justice for survivors of sexual assault who were attacked as adults. The length of the window depends on when the abuse occurred. It is a 1-year window for abuse at any time and a 3-year window for survivors who were abused on or after January 1, 2009. SNAP commends California lawmakers for changing the existing statute and for opening this civil window. This is a huge victory for survivors’ rights in the state. There can be no justice without truth, and unless someone raises their voice to speak the truth, there will be no justice. "We believe all survivors deserve to have their day in court and hope that other states will follow in New Jersey, New York, and California’s footsteps and pass their own version of this important legislation," said SNAP Leader Dorothy Small, who was sexually assaulted by a Catholic priest as an adult. We hope that the passage of California Assembly Bill 2777 will encourage victims of sexual violence, no matter their age or where their abuse occurred, to come forward and seek the justice they deserve. We also hope that those who may have reported in the past but were ignored or fell victim to archaic, predator-friendly laws will find the strength to go through the process one more time to find healing and accountability.  CONTACT:  Dorothy Small, SNAP Sacramento ([email protected], 530-908-3676), Melanie Sakoda, SNAP Survivor Support Coordinator ([email protected], 925-708-6175), Mike McDonnell, SNAP Communications Manager ([email protected] 267-261-0578) Zach Hiner, SNAP Executive Director ([email protected], 517-974-9009) Shaun Dougherty, SNAP Board President ([email protected], 814-341-8386) (SNAP, the Survivors Network, has been providing support for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings for more than 30 years. We have more than 25,000 survivors and supporters in our network. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)                                                                                                     ###

Diocese of Sacramento Finally Adds Priest With An Arrest Warrant to Credibly Accused List

(For Immediate Release September 23, 2022)  The Diocese of Sacramento today added Roberto Jaramillo, a priest who worked in Sacramento and Roseville between 1995 and 2005, to its listing of clergy who have been credibly accused of child sex abuse. Jaramillo, aged 70, is accused of raping and sexually assaulting a girl between 1996 and 1999. In 2005, Jaramillo left the Diocese of Sacramento to work for the Archdiocese of Atlanta before returning to Colombia in 2008. A third party brought concerns of the 1996 rape and abuse to the diocese's notice in 2021. To investigate the problem, the diocese alerted police authorities and according to a statement by the diocese, they purportedly made many attempts to reach and interview the victim. The diocese had additional claims against Jaramillo. Jaramillo was accused of kissing a young boy in 1999. Jaramillo disputed the claim, and investigations conducted at the time by both the diocese and local law enforcement found insufficient evidence to justify further action. More allegations surfaced against Jaramillo with claims that he sexually abused an adult man in 2001. This surfaced according to an allegation received by the diocese in 2020. Sadly, we are not surprised to learn that the diocesan review board, just this week, agreed to add Jaramillo's name to the list of those credibly accused, there is an arrest warrant now issued for him.  The Diocese of Sacramento states that in August 2022, the case involving the young girl from 1996 was being investigated by the Sacramento Police Department. The diocese shared its findings with investigators and was able to gather enough evidence to submit the case to the diocese's Independent Review Board. The Diocese of Sacramento, in our viewpoint, wants to appear aggressive in tackling the pandemic situation of clerical abuse, yet it only required the review board a short time in late summer to determine that this priest was an abuser previously identified in the 1990s. We know this is not an isolated case, but rather another failure to safeguard children and adults from an abuser reported to the diocese. The Diocese failed twice to remove Jaramillo and disclose all evidence of suspected crimes received. The Archdiocese of Atlanta also had this wanted man working in their faith community. Are there victims there? We suspect so. How many other people in the Sacramento Diocese are like Jaramillo? How many others have been "investigated" and then left in positions of power? How many suspected abusive clerics have fled the country? To report information on Roberto Jaramillo to investigators: Detective Matthew Wollman, Sexual Abuse and Child Abuse, Sacramento Police Department (916) 808 – 1223 [email protected] -CONTACT: Dorothy Small, SNAP Sacramento ([email protected], 530-908-3676)  Melanie Sakoda, SNAP Survivor Support Coordinator ([email protected], 925-708-6175) Mike McDonnell, SNAP Communications Manager ([email protected], 267-261-0578) (SNAP, the Survivors Network, has been providing support for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings for 30 years. We have more than 25,000 survivors and supporters in our network. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)                                                                                                         ###

Abuse of Children in Protestant mission schools in Nigeria, West Africa

(For Immediate Release August 15, 2022)  MEDIA ADVISORY – PRESS CONFERENCE – CHARLOTTE NC RE: Abuse of Children in Protestant mission schools in Nigeria, West Africa Abuse victims case is tossed out But group hopes they will appeal soon They also seek a federal DOJ investigation Lawsuit targets Charlotte-based religious organization It sends hundreds of Protestant missionaries all across the world Handout given with pictures of victims & pictures of abusers named Using chalk, victims will also write names of four predators on sidewalk WHATHolding signs & enlarged childhood photos, clergy sex abuse victims and advocates will disclose that a Charlotte judge has just tossed out a civil suit against a Charlotte-based Protestant religious group. It was brought by six adults who were sexually violated as youngsters overseas by missionaries who are from - and in some cases, still live in - the US and Canada. The victims will--hand out pictures of at least four proven, admitted and/or credibly accused child molesting missionaries,--call on the DOJ to launch a federal investigation into the missionary group (like the DOJ did last week with the Southern Baptist Convention) and And they will urge --the victim plaintiffs to appeal the new decision against them,--everyone who has seen, suspected or suffered sex crimes by US and Canadian missionaries to "come forward, get help, call law enforcement, expose child predators and deter church cover ups and contact independent and effective self-help organizations like theirs WHENMonday, Aug. 15 at 1:00 p.m. WHEREOn the sidewalk outside of the Charles R. Jonas courthouse, 401 West Trade Street in downtown Charlotte NC  WHO Three-four victims of clergy sexual abuse at the hands of clergy &/or religious officials who belong to SNAP (the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) and Missionary Kids Safety Net (MKSN). Both are 30 year old Chicago-based non-profits that work to protect the vulnerable and heal the wounded. WHYThe lawsuit was reported by Sara Coello of the Charlotte Observer on 8/1/22. The primary defendant in the civil case is an interdenominational group called SIM USA.  Some of the alleged abuse happened at two Nigerian schools affiliated with SIM USA – Kent Academy in Miango and Hillcrest Academy in Jos.  Lawyers for SIM USA claim that these schools are "separate," and "independently operated," which the victims dispute. The ruling against the victims was handed down late last week by Superior Court Judge Robert Ervin. The victims are represented by attorneys Boz Tchividijian of DeLand FL (386 682 5540, [email protected]), Peter Janci of Portland OR (888 407 0224, [email protected]) and the Lanier Law Group of North Carolina. CONTACT Abuse victim Letta Cartlige 303 505 9141, Pastor Rich Darr of Missionary Kid Safety Net 815-370-4703, [email protected], David Clohessy 314 566 9790, [email protected]  

Office of the Attorney General (OAG) has been investigating institutional child sexual abuse for almost 4 years

(For Immediate Release: Tuesday, August 2, 2022) Office of the Attorney General (OAG) has been investigating institutional child sexual abuse foralmost 4 years Survivors call for the indictment of individuals who have abused children or covered up cases ofchild abuse Call for the release of the report before the new AG and lead investigator are replaced Call for openness and transparency on the part of the OAG WHEN Tuesday, August 2, 2022, at 11:00 AM WHERE On the public sidewalk outside Maryland OAG office in Baltimore(200 St. Paul Place, Baltimore, MD 21202) WHO Several members of the international support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network ofthose Abused by Priests, victims of abuse from other Maryland institutions, and supporters. WHY At a sidewalk news conference in front of the Maryland AG’s office, survivors, and supporterswill call on the Maryland Attorney General, Brian Frosh and the lead investigator, ElizabethEmbry, to hand down promised indictments concerning child sexual abuse in order to rid thecities and towns of Maryland of abusers and their enablers. This will protect the children ofMaryland from further abuse. In addition, we will request that, prior to leaving their currentpositions at the beginning of the year, Mr. Frosh and Ms. Embry release, at a minimum, apreliminary report on their 4-year investigation into institutional abuse. DETAILS Nearly 4 years ago, following the release of the scathing PA grand jury report on abuse by theCatholic Church, we sat down with representatives of the OAG’s office to brief them on theworkings of the Catholic dioceses represented in Maryland and to show them the level of abuseknown through public documentation at that time. The OAG promised that they wouldthoroughly investigate this issue by contacting survivors and/or their families. They did informus at the time that their investigation would be silent. But that was 4 years ago and it took thePA grand jury half that time to perform their investigation with more than twice as manydioceses! They have contacted countless numbers of survivors over those 4 years and in the lastyear have promised survivors that indictments would be coming in months. Other states havebeen carrying on similar investigations and when they have enough evidence to indict an abuser,they do so in order to make their state safer. We are afraid that the Maryland OAG is stringingsurvivors along with no incentive to complete the investigation, allowing known abusers to runfree, and not calling institutions to account for covering up. See the recent article about twosurvivors who have been interviewed by the OAG and are frustrated at the silence. CONTACTDavid Lorenz of Bowie, MD. SNAP Maryland Leader ( [email protected] , 301-906-9161,Becky Ianni, SNAP DC Leader ( [email protected] , 703-801-6044), Melanie Sakoda, SNAPSurvivor Support Coordinator ( [email protected] , 925-708-6175), Mike McDonnell,SNAP Communications Manager ( [email protected] , 267- 261-0578), Zach Hiner,SNAP Executive Director ( [email protected] , 517-974-9009

Survivors and Advocates Gather to bring attention to the Dark Chapters of Abuse within the Catholic Church

What: Demonstrators will demand that Catholic establishment use their power and influence to DO THE RIGHT THING!● Demand full and complete list of ALL the names of accused clergy and laity from non-compliant diocese.● Develop a National Database of abusive priests, foriegn and domestic, through the USCCB.● Enforce a zero-tolerance policy for clergy and staff.● Release records pertaining to abuse and cover-up.● Comply with Attorneys Generals’ Investigations throughout the US.● Hold bishops accountable.● Protect whistleblowers. Who: Survivors of clergy abuse and allies. When: Saturday morning, July 30th, from 8:30a-10a, as top donors, political supporters, and clergy arrive for the day’s events. Where: Outside Napa Institute Annual Conference, Napa, California.  CONTACT: Dorothy Small, SNAP Sacramento ([email protected], 530-908-3676), Melanie Sakoda, SNAP Survivor Support Coordinator ([email protected], 925-708-6175), Dan McNevin, SNAP Treasurer ([email protected], 415-341-6417), Joelle Casteix, SNAP California Media Contact ([email protected], 949-322-7434), Mike McDonnell, SNAP Communications Manager ([email protected], 267-261-0578) 

SNAP Virtual Mini Conferences

These virtual mini conferences are free to all and will feature opportunities for survivors and advocates to learn about topics like healing, advocacy, and self-care from a variety of different speakers throughout the year. Our next mini conference will be on October 8, 2022 and will feature Kathryn Robb of CHILD USAdvocacy and Mark Crawford of SNAP New Jersey.

We are especially grateful to the Ribera Law Firm of San Francisco, California for being a Gold-level Sponsor for our mini-conferences. Their support is critical to our ability to hold these free events and we are grateful to them for their support. Learn more about the Ribera Law Firm here.

 

Additionally, SNAP is very grateful for the generous support of our 2022 mini conferences that has been provided through a grant from Oak Foundation Children First Fund, a fund of Tides Foundation.

 

Take Action and Stop Child Sexual Abuse

If you see child sexual abuse, or have a reasonable suspicion of sexual abuse or your child has been sexually abused, call 911 or your local police immediately. 

If you suspect abuse, call the National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-4-A-Child or visit the Child Help Hotline. Trained crisis operators staff the lines 24/7 to answer your questions. If necessary, they will show you how to report in your local area.

Child pornography is a federal crime. If you see or suspect images that may be child pornography, report to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children CyberTip Line

 

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