On Wednesday, August 14, a one-year "window to justice" will open in New York state, allowing those who had been sexually abused but had their cases barred by the statute of limitations a chance to file a civil lawsuit. This is an exciting opportunity for survivors to get a chance at justice, but can also be confusing and many will have a lot of questions on next steps.
Tim McGuire, a survivor in the Norwich Diocese, has been in touch with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). After hearing about Tim’s story, representatives from the NCMEC have encouraged him to file a complaint against Bishop Cote of the Norwich Diocese. Tim wants other survivors to know that they can make a report, too!
The Statute of Limitations Maze: The Labyrinthian Process of Catholic Sex Abuse Cases
by John Winer
After what seemed like a brief lull, various Dioceses throughout the United States are facing a steady stream of accusations from adults who, as children, were sexually abused by clergy in the Catholic Church. And, there seems to be a great deal of willingness on the part of elected officials to help streamline the process, something that did not exist in previous generations.
This podcast was shared with us in the hopes that it might be helpful to survivors. Read the description below and find the link to listen.
The below resource was created by our friends from the For Such a Time as This rally. This resources contains information and frequently asked questions on the topics of clergy/minister abuse, different types of abuse, best practices in responding to abuse, information on how to report, and more.
Wow. Look at all of you! Back in 2007, when David Clohessy and I stood outside the SBC annual meeting in San Antonio, just a few steps from the Alamo, there were 10 of us that day.
I’m honored, truly honored, to be among you. Thanks so much for having me here. By way of background, I was molested by a priest as a kid. So were four of my brothers. One of them went on to become a priest. And he went on to molest kids himself. And now you know why, for more than 30 years, I’ve been with SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.
We are pleased to release our 2018 Annual Report! Our movement has seen a lot of momentum, energy, and excitement in the past year and through it all SNAP leaders and volunteers have been there to help protect the vulnerable and prevent future cases of abuse.
Here is a sample letter that you can use when reaching out to your state representatives and encouraging them to take up the important issue of statute of limitations (SOL) reform. We have also included some helpful links to other information and resources you can use in your advocacy efforts.
Dear Catholic Priests, Deacons, Brothers, Nuns and other Employees,
Soon, according to Church policy, you will be a 'mandatory reporter,' required to tell your supervisors about any information or suspicions you have about known or suspected child sex crimes, the abuse of adults by clergy, or cover ups.