May 09, 2005

Child abuse disclosure law backed

The Marietta Times

By Justin McIntosh,

A child sex abuse law is proceeding through the Ohio General Assembly despite opposition from many of Ohio's Catholic bishops.

The proposed legislation would make all clergy mandatory reporters of sexual abuse to children and extend the statute of limitations, giving victims more time to bring a civil or criminal case forward.

Ohio bishops oppose the statute of limitations provision because they say extending it is unconstitutional and does not protect children from past and future abusers.

But Judy Jones, the Steubenville leader of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, said the statute of limitations is helpful for healing because it often takes victims some time to come to terms with what happened.

Posted by kshaw at May 9, 2005 07:54 AM