Posts Tagged Brian Mann

Catholic Church groups fight bills to revive old sex abuse cases / National Public Radio

“… whether it’s a coach or a relative or a priest,” no one who abuses a child, or allows such abuse, or shields the perpetrator  should “get off scot-free.”

It’s important to say right upfront that this isn’t a story about pedophile priests.

“Bridie Farrell is Roman Catholic, but she says it was her speedskating coach who sexually assaulted her when she was a teenager.

“‘It happened at his house, in his car, in his hotel room,’ Farrell says.

“Farrell did what a lot of kids do when they’re molested: She kept silent. But 18 years later, when she was 31 years old, she went public with her story.

“The problem is that there’s a ticking clock. In a lot of states, including New York, where Farrell was assaulted, if you don’t report a rape or file a civil lawsuit fast enough, the perpetrator — whether it’s a coach or relative or a priest — gets off scot-free.”

By Brian Mann, All Things Considered, National Public Radio — Click here to read and listen to the rest of this story.

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Catholic church leaders fight efforts to open old child sexual assault cases / North Country Public Radiio

There is a growing effort around the country to make it easier to prosecute or bring civil lawsuits against people who sexually abuse children. Many states have already extended or eliminated the statute of limitations for reporting sex crimes against kids.

“But the push to punish pedophiles has met fierce opposition from Roman Catholic organizations, who say they could be unfairly targeted and their institutions could be bankrupted.

“These proposed laws don’t just target pedophile priests …”

By Brian Mann, North Country Public Radio — Click here to read or listen to the rest of this story.

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