Doing what’s right: Removing the statute of limitations for sexual assault

pope_francis_malacanang_7Several states are finally starting to do the right thing when it comes to prosecuting sexual predators that target children and the groups that enable them. Currently the laws vary state by state, but many states place a statute of limitations on when the crime can be prosecuted. This is insane.

For adults that have been sexually assaulted it can take years for them to come to terms with their abuse. For children that have been abused, it sometimes takes decades for them to process it. But when they finally come to terms with

Several states are finally starting to do the right thing when it comes to prosecuting sexual predators that target children and the groups that enable them. Currently the laws vary state by state, but many states place a statute of limitations on when the crime can be prosecuted. This is insane.

For adults that have been sexually assaulted it can take years for them to come to terms with their abuse. For children that have been abused, it sometimes takes decades for them to process it. But when they finally come to terms with what happened, and go to seek justice, the states tell them its too late.

The common-sense solution is to remove all the statute of limitations for these cases, but only a handful of states have done this. The reason, as it seems to be with almost everything, is money.

The Catholic Church, insurance companies, and the Boy Scouts of America are some of the major players lobbying against these bills. They worry that an increase in cases will lead to them going bankrupt. And parts of these groups very well might.

But here’s the problem, these groups are notorious for covering up abuses when they happen. And instead of being held liable they want to be exempted from the consequences of their actions. To make matters worse, the people that they want to pass the burden to is the people they let down in the first place.

If these groups are going to learn from their mistakes and do everything they can to prevent these abuses from happening in the future, then they need to be held accountable for what they allowed in the past. If not, they have shown, and continue to show, that they aren’t willing to do what is necessary to stop future abuses. Its time to tell them enough is enough.

what happened, and go to seek justice, the states tell them its too late.

The common-sense solution is to remove all the statute of limitations for these cases, but only a handful of states have done this. The reason, as it seems to be with almost everything, is money.

The Catholic Church, insurance companies, and the Boy Scouts of America are some of the major players lobbying against these bills. They worry that an increase in cases will lead to them going bankrupt. And parts of these groups very well might.

But here’s the problem, these groups are notorious for covering up abuses when they happen. And instead of being held liable they want to be exempted from the consequences of their actions. To make matters worse, the people that they want to pass the burden to is the people they let down in the first place.

If these groups are going to learn from their mistakes and do everything they can to prevent these abuses from happening in the future, then they need to be held accountable for what they allowed in the past. If not, they have shown, and continue to show, that they aren’t willing to do what is necessary to stop future abuses. Its time to tell them enough is enough.