By Marci A. Hamilton
Contemporary occasions akin to the clergy abuse scandal within the Catholic Church have introduced the once-taboo topic of youth sexual abuse to the vanguard. yet regardless of expanding information of the matter, the USA has now not succeeded in developing powerful technique of deterring and fighting it, leaving the kids of this present day and day after today susceptible. Hamilton proposes a accomplished but uncomplicated answer: do away with the arbitrary statutes of trouble for early life sexual abuse in order that survivors prior and current can get into court docket. elimination this basically procedural barrier allows the hundreds of thousands of survivors to make public the identities in their perpetrators and to obtain justice and much-deserved reimbursement. status within the means, despite the fact that, are ambitious rivals comparable to the assurance and the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church. In Justice Denied, Hamilton predicts a coming civil rights stream for kids and explains why it truly is within the curiosity of all americans to permit sufferers of adolescence sexual abuse this opportunity to hunt justice once they are prepared.
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2 Unfortunately, a closely divided United States Supreme Court, in the summer of 2003, ruled in Stogner v. 3 Five members of the court ruled that the Ex Post Facto Clause of the Constitution prohibited reopening a criminal SOL. Thus, once a criminal SOL runs, the criminal justice system cannot be the vehicle for survivors who have neither gone to court to obtain justice nor identified predators to the public. That means that the only legal option to permit survivors – whose claims have already expired – to obtain justice is to open a window for their civil claims.
8 The federal government also needs to find ways to encourage states to eliminate their SOLs. One approach would be for Congress to pass a law that would reward states for abolishing the civil and criminal SOLs – the promise of meaningful funds can be a powerful state motivator. The federal government uses this carrot-and-stick approach regularly, following the landmark decision of South Dakota v. 9 The federal law challenged (and upheld) in Dole withheld a portion of federal highway funds if the state had a minimum drinking age below twenty-one.
The courthouse doors need to swing open to survivors for the good of all. 22 The Solution Is Clear and Simple Most Child Abuse Reforms to Date Presume That We Know Who the Predators Are The United States has tried to curb childhood sexual abuse and violence, but the most popular proposals are largely ineffective because those reforms do not overcome the SOL. 3 Each and every one of these reforms presupposes that you know who the child predators are. If you do not, you simply cannot put him in jail longer, keep him out of your “pedophile-free zone,” or place him on a registered sex offender list.