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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Statement

For immediate release: Monday, April 26, 2010

Lawmakers vote to lift limits on sex abuse cases; SNAP responds

Statement by Barbara Blaine, SNAP President 312 399 4747

Statute of limitations reform is the quickest, safest, and cheapest way for lawmakers to protect kids. We're grateful to the Florida legislature yet saddened by the continuing callousness of Florida's bishops.

Statement by David Clohessy of SNAP (314 566 9790)

This huge achievement is due to the work of one incredibly brave, strong and persistent victim, Michael Dolce, who has tirelessly pushed for this reform for seven years.

It's tragic, however, that the generous donations of Florida Catholics were spent fighting a proposal that will help their children.

SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s largest and oldest support group for victims of clergy sexual abuse. Founded in 1988, SNAP has over 9,000 members.

Barbara Blaine, 312 399 4747, [email protected]
Barbara Dorris, 314 862 7688, [email protected]
Barbara Blaine, 312 399 4747 [email protected]

Posted on Monday, 04.26.10

Lawmakers vote to lift limits on sex abuse cases

The Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- A bill eliminating all time limits for filing criminal or civil action alleging sexual abuse of children is on its way to the governor's desk.

The Florida House and Senate passed a bill (HB 525) Monday that would lift statutes of limitations for pursuing criminal or civil sexual abuse cases in which victims are younger than 16 at the time of the abuse.

The civil portion was opposed by the Florida Catholic Conference, which contends it would create great uncertainty for any organization. The Roman Catholic Church has faced numerous lawsuits alleging sexual abuse by priests.

Florida law currently has various time limits in place for pursuing criminal and civil actions, depending on the age of the child.

Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests