Monday, May 2, 2016

Roman Catholic Church opposed to lifting statute of limitations on sex abuse?

Today's (May 2, 2016) JoeMyGod included a full-page ad in the Albany, NY Times-Union newspaper warning legislators that “professional victims’ activists” would be in town to sway legislators to "a bill that would lift the statute of limitations on charging the perpetrators of sexual abuse against minors."  Apparently, as far as Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, the church does not see this as a good thing, perhaps because it gives the victims rights.  I am not about to copy the ad.  If you're curious to see the Roman Catholic Church's stand on why the statute of limitations on children's ability to report sex abuse, see for this date.  I find it too offensive and infuriating to re-publish here.  However, this is what I posted on JMG:

The LGBT Center's DVD library received "Spotlight" last week and I watched it... twice...over the weekend. I've also read "Betrayal," the book upon which the movie is based. The book had me yelling out loud (Hubs is used to that). The movie, necessarily shorter, is more focused on the immediate goings on, but it's no less infuriating. There is a scene in the movie in which the Stanley Tucci character says, "It takes a village to raise a child. It takes a village to destroy one, too." As the Billy Crudup character says, the statute of limitations runs out quickly; the victims don't say anything because they're kids, and it's not the sort of thing a boy would admit to, especially in a working class neighborhood. Another character asks at the end of his silent victim speech, "How do you say 'no' to God?"
There is much I don't understand about humans, about powerful organizations who cannot admit to wrongdoing. Worse, I don't understand how an organization that professes love, compassion and understanding prefers to blame the victims of employees' abuses of the power given to them, and then continue to blame the victims by trying to deflect blame to others...I get it, they need to save their ass. Nixon said, "I am not a crook." Except he was.
I understand vested interest, too, but that doesn't mean that changing the law in favor of the victims is picking on the poor catholics. It means that ANY victim of child abuse would have the gift of time to understand what happened to her/him, to understand that it was wrong, that s/he has been suffering because of hiding it, but s/he would be older, understand, and could accuse. The catholic church is perhaps the largest organization facing child abuse accusations, but so what? It's not just about the catholics. It's ANY child abuse. Donahue gives the impression that it's just another catholic bashing, poor baby. He writes to try to justify something, "...less than 1% of priests nationwide have had a credible accusation made against him. Who can beat that record?" He sounds as if having a child molester in the holy organization is OK, he's defending the priests. Why in his god's name are the victims unimportant? If it's only one victim, that's one too many. The church was responsible for it; the church needs to own it. The priests broke both civil and moral law, yet Donahue and the rest want to continue to cover up.
"How do you say 'no' to God?" By helping the victims as much as we can.

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