February 08, 2005

Clergy Abuse Survivor Responds to the Conviction of Rev. Paul Shanley

Market Wire

BOSTON, MA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 02/07/2005 -- The conviction of Rev. Paul Shanley on all counts today in Boston should serve as notice that no person, regardless of his position or the institution he represents, is immune to prosecution for abusing a child.

The painful door which survivors of childhood sexual abuse have opened has allowed society to begin to shed light on the horrific abuse which children have endured for decades. Survivors of childhood sexual abuse continue to hope that society will have the courage to walk through that door.

I take this opportunity to ask judicial leaders throughout the United States to strengthen the existing child endangerment laws and to make the necessary changes in the statute of limitations laws. This change would allow all victims of childhood sexual abuse an opportunity to find justice.

Posted by kshaw at February 8, 2005 07:16 AM