According to data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually abused by the time they are 18. Approximately three quarters of those victims will be abused by someone they are acquainted with, including a family member, teacher, coach, religious leader and others similarly situated. Unfortunately, most victims delay reporting of their abuse, if ever, until they are well into adulthood.
In most cases, by the time a victim either understands that what was done to him or her was criminal, or musters the courage to report the matter to law enforcement, the criminal statute of limitations has expired and no criminal action can be taken against the perpetrator. States cannot extend criminal statutes of limitations retroactively without violating the Ex Post Facto provisions of the U. S. Constitution. For this reason, it is critically important for state legislators to extend their civil statutes of limitations, which, according to the U.S. Supreme Court, may be amended and extended without running afoul of the Constitution. By extending the civil statute of limitations, and reviving the rights of older victims whose claims are currently time barred to pursue a civil lawsuit, the legislators will be appropriately responding to the reality of the nature of the harm done to children by sexual abuse. Today, the laws tend to favor perpetrators, and those who have protected them and defrauded the public. This has allowed criminals and their sponsors to walk away scot free while shifting the cost burden to victims, and state taxpayers.
"It's time for state legislators to act to protect our children from the ravages of child sexual abuse and to send a strong message to child predators and their protectors that time is not on their side"said Irwin Zalkin, an attorney who has represented hundreds of survivors of childhood sexual abuse.
About The Zalkin Law Firm
With offices in New York and San Diego, The Zalkin Law Firm (www.zalkin.com) is one of the premier sexual abuse and personal injury law firms in the country. The firm's lawyers have represented hundreds of survivors of childhood sexual abuse and achieved groundbreaking results in numerous high-profile clergy abuse cases across the United States.
Media Contact: Irwin M. Zalkin The Zalkin Law Firm, P.C. 858.259.3011 Irwin@zalkin.com Press Release Source: The Zalkin Law Firm P.C. ###