Skip to comments.Pennsylvania ends future child sex abuse charges time limits
Posted on 11/27/2019 8:21:05 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
READING, Pa. Pennsylvania overhauled its child sexual abuse laws Tuesday more than a year after a grand jury report showed the cover-up of hundreds of cases of abuse in most of Pennsylvanias Roman Catholic dioceses over the last seven decades.
The central bill signed by Gov. Tom Wolf gives future victims of child sex abuse more time to file lawsuits and to end time limits for police to file criminal charges.
The grand jury report spurred several states to change their laws and other states to begin similar investigations.
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I bet this makes Slow Joe a bit nervous.
Im going to go against the trend and remain opposed to these liberalized time frames for prosecution. What Gov Wolf and Democrats want allowed is for people well into adulthood (over 50 years old) to suddenly decide to press charges for something that happened 35+ years ago.
Criminal episodes need closure. Thats why limitation statutes logically exist. They help prevent prosecutions of convenience, revenge, or for personal gain solely. Memory is greatly impaired regarding incidences so far in the past that evidence is sketchy at best.
Regardless, the real purpose in this is to attack the Catholic Church. And Im not even Catholic.
I agree entirely. This is an attack on the church. They want to paint good as evil and evil good
“Memory is greatly impaired regarding incidences so far in the past that evidence is sketchy at best.”
...and then try defending yourself against the charges. Not everyone kept a day-to-day diary of their lives like Kavenaugh did, and he still barely survived the Left.
I agree with murder due to the permanence of the crime, and the fact that people (mostly) won’t get charged, much less convicted, on one person’s ‘repressed’ memory somehow ‘coming alive’.
I remember the "repressed memory" fiasco. I had forgotten about it but remember how bits and pieces of horrible things NO DOUBT happened to people but there HAD to be some closure, some end and some time limit.
I sometimes smelled a payoff.
However there are a fair number of unsolved (and indeed never before investigated cases) where photographic or DNA evidence was gathered and preserved.
Out of those cases...well even if investigated they may still never identify the perpetrators or the perpetrators just grew old and died during the interim.
So its a measure that might garner a handful of convictions over time, but its its mostly just virtue signaling in lieu of actually doing legislative work.
I worry about invented remembered repressed memories.
How do you fight something that didn’t happen twenty years ago?
You want to blame someone blame the f***ing Catholic heirarchy that covered all this up and protected these organized criminal perverts.
I wonder if his kids were so screwed up because he may not have confined his Sniff & Grope to *other* peoples’ kids.
Also - to attack Conservative candidates, nominees, judges, and the people who help them.
“Pete Buttigieg campaign refunds donations from Brett Kavanaugh lawyers”
We believe the women who have courageously spoken out about Brett Kavanaughs assault and misconduct...”
Kavanaugh should have never been put on the supreme court and this campaign will not accept donations from those who played a role in making that happen...
The Scouts are also targeted in this; they’ve recently begun sounding alarms as well.
There needs to be a reasonable statute of limitations. I’m sure that it’s very difficult for a child to come forward so I understand the statute being long.
Perhaps five years after the alleged victim reaches the age of majority.
Pennsylvania has overreacted to this far more than any other state.
All persons who work at any level with children, paid or volunteer must have a state clearance. The background checks cost 20-30 times what they cost for other states.
I don’t live in PA, but I’ve been background checked and received youth protection training numerous times and I fully support it.
Absolutely, but Id go a little longer in the case of sexual assault of a minor. Perhaps 10 years past the age of majority. This would be 28 for most victims, long enough into adulthood to allow for required maturity in decision making, and still much shorter than is currently allowed in PA, (50 yoa).
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