OH--New state Supreme Court ruling
For immediate release: Thursday, May 14, 2015
Statement by Barbara Blaine of Chicago, President of SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (312-399-4747, [email protected])
We are grateful for the court’s ruling that gives those victimized in state institutions more time. For decades, Ohio archaic, predator friendly statute of limitations have protected both those who commit and conceal child sex crimes. This is a belated but welcome step forward.
If Ohio kids are to be substantially safer lawmakers must reform these arbitrary deadlines, giving child sex victims more chances to expose more molesters in court. In particular, Ohio lawmakers should follow the lead of Delaware, California, Minnesota and Hawaii and adopt a civil window which lets anyone victimized as a child by anyone to seek justice and expose wrongdoers.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. 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 by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)