The Ticking Clock on Child Abuse

Marci Hamilton battles the deadline that cheats victims.

By Rebecca Webber

The Cleveland kidnapping case, the Sandusky scandal at Penn State and the revelations from prestigious private schools like New York’s Horace Mann remind us that child sex abuse can happen anywhere.

"Twenty to 25 percent of children are sexually abused," says Marci Hamilton, a professor at Cardozo School of Law. But it often takes victims years to come to terms with what was done to them. "A survivor needs decades to come forward. They’re trying to deal with so much and they can’t put it all together," she explains. In the meantime...

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