Kelly argues against time limits on sex cases involving children: Victims respond

Statement by Joelle Casteix, SNAP Western Regional Director (949) 322-7434 cell, [email protected] 

We applaud St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly. Illinois children who are victims of sex crimes should never be limited by arbitrary deadlines when seeking justice. 
Men and women who prey on children love short statutes of limitations. Predators know children take decades to understand the crimes committed against them and that most victims will live decades in shame, fear, and silence, if they tell at all.

The only way to protect children right now and in the future is to give victims and prosecutors all of the tools they need to gather evidence, find witnesses and use the tried-and-true criminal justice system to put predators behind bars. Child victims are not asking for special favors. They are asking for a fair shot at justice.

(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings. 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 in all institutional settings, including churches, schools, clubs, and homes. Our website is

Contact – Joelle Casteix (949-322-7434[email protected]), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003[email protected])

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