February 06, 2005

Advocates for victims of abuse seek reforms

The Cincinnati Post

Post staff report

Stung because court decisions have ended most Hamilton County cases alleging priest sex abuse before they can be prosecuted, advocates for the victims want to change the law.

Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, a support groups for victims, called for support for new legislation that would extend or eliminate the statute of limitations.

Ohio's law now usually gives victims only until they turn age 20 to expose the abusers, not enough time for children victims of abuse to realize what has happened to them, deal with it and report it.

Specifically, SNAP is advocating for a law change that allows for a two-year time frame "in which the statute of limitations may not be asserted as a defense."

Posted by kshaw at February 6, 2005 09:48 AM