Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Bi-Partisanship Effort to Nail Sex Offenders

This is the type of story I want to read about. Not all the political posturing, bloviating and illegal pay raising...but State legislators actually getting bills that benefit society as a whole passed into law.

Republican Gregory F. Lavelle (House) and Democrat Karen E. Peterson (Senate) have banned together and introduced a bill that would extend the statute of limitations of the time a sex offender/pedophile can be charged for his/her crime(s).

"The legislation would provide victims of childhood sexual abuse a longer amount of time in which to sue for civil damages. The bill would permit victims to file a civil suit against their accused abusers within six years of the actual act or within six years from the time the victim discovered that injuries were caused by that act. Under current Delaware Code, the statute of limitations for filing such a lawsuit is two years.

Rep. Lavelle stated, “This is an extremely complex and important issue. Caring for and having responsibility over children are trusts that should not to be taken lightly. The current statue of limitations is unacceptable and this bill will help further the public debate on how best to address and resolve these issues."

Senator Peterson said, “Sexual abuse of children has lifelong consequences for the victims and should have lifelong consequences for the abusers. This bill is a step in the right direction.” (source)

(H/T: Liz)

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