March 17, 2006

Anti-abuse network pushes bill

The Republican

Friday, March 17, 2006
BOSTON - Advocates from Western Massachusetts are pushing for approval of bills that would abolish the statute of limitations in criminal and civil cases involving the sexual abuse of minors.

Supporters packed Beacon Hill on Wednesday for a hearing on the bills by the Judiciary Committee. Backers said they are optimistic that the bills can pass if the full Legislature votes before formal sessions end on July 31.

Approval of the bills would help a lot of people, said Peter C. Pollard, 54, of Hatfield, coordinator in Western Massachusetts for the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests.

Posted by kshaw at March 17, 2006 06:55 AM