Statute of Limitations = A Child Molester's Best Friend
1/6/02 Rape charges brought against the former president of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega, by his stepdaughter were dropped last month when a judge ruled that the statute of limitations had run out. His stepdaughter, now 33, said that Ortega had begun to molest her at the age of 11 and had raped her repeatedly after she turned 14. Women's groups are outraged at what they consider to be an obvious bias on the part of the judge, who said that too much time had elapsed since the events allegedly took place for guilt or innocence to be legally decided - the young woman's attorney says they plan to appeal. Former associates of Ortega claim they had knowledge of the abuse, while his wife, the victim's mother, denies the claims. This case once again highlights the basic problem with applying a statute of limitations to sexual abuse suffered by children: many years may pass before the abused party may understand and be able to prosecute the offender - especially if the offender is the President of the country. Maybe the statute of limitations should last as long as the statute of crappy awful trauma lasts. His stepdaughter can let us know when, if ever, that limitation passes.