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Statute of Limitations for Child Sex Abuse Claims


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12/29/2011
Damian Mallard, Esq.
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While reading articles about the Penn State sex scandal and the scandal in Syracuse, New York, I was surprised to learn that some of the alleged victims of these scandals may not be able to seek justice do to a law governing the amount of time a victim has to press charges against their attacker. These laws are known as Statutes of Limitations. In my opinion, there should be no statute limiting the amount of time a victim has to report a sex crime, especially if the crime occurred while the victim was still a child. Many times, these crimes are centered on instilling fear and shame in the victim so it could take a long time before they are ready to publically accuse their attacker. This is a nation-wide problem and should be handled by the Federal Government, not by the states individually.  Also, by putting it under Federal Government control, sexual crimes that happen from state to state will be treated the same.






 



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