SNAP applauds high court’s decision to reject nine California Catholic Bishop’s petition
(For Immediate Release June 22, 2022)
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected an 11th-hour plea by nine Catholic bishops and archbishops, including Santa Rosa Bishop Robert Vasa, seeking to overturn a California law allowing people to sue over childhood sex abuse regardless of how long ago it occurred.
In this case, nine bishops from dioceses in California argued that reopening a three-year window period that expands the statute of limitations on such cases unconstitutionally exposes them to liability in violation of due process protections. We are very pleased that the Court to tossed out this meritless challenge and believe that it will help to further unveil the secrets held by both catholic dioceses and other religious organizations.
It is our firm belief that many, many more survivors who have been abused have yet to realize the damage done to them and remain silent in their pain. We know that window legislation exposes both predators and the institutions that covered up these horrific crimes. Among the current crop of victims, we are likely to see more from the 1980s to the 2000s. This new demographic of victims will likely name some known perpetrators, but also others that are yet unknown and may pose a danger to today's boys and girls.
We hope this news will encourage other survivors to come forward, seek legal counsel, make a report to police and prosecutors, and get information into the public sphere that can help protect children today and hold enablers and abusers accountable. The window legislation expires on December 31, 2022, so there is still time for victims to be heard and journey forward with healing and recovery.
CONTACT: Mike McDonnell, SNAP Communications Manager([email protected], 267-261-0578), Melanie Sakoda, SNAP Survivor Support Coordinator ([email protected], 925-708-6175) Zach Hiner, SNAP Executive Director ([email protected], 517-974-9009)
(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)