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Attorneys of alleged YDC victims call for changes in settlement process

WMUR Manchester | MAY 10, 2024

Others who deal with child abuse cases said that any time victims perceive that they are being blamed, it ends up keeping them quiet. Marci Hamilton, founder and CEO of CHILD USA, said her child advocacy group had filed testimony as experts on such issues but isn’t involved in the case directly.

“What’s inexcusable is re-traumatizing these individuals,” she said.

Hundreds of people have sued the state, claiming they were abused as children at the Manchester facility between 1960 and 2018.

The Right’s Attack on Children

“Parental rights” are all the rage now in some quarters. But when parents gain rights, who loses them? Children.

Democracy Journal | April 29, 2024

Remember the Dark Ages in America for children? Child labor? No public schools? No vaccinations? Now, right-wing politicians, Christian nationalists, and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. are waging a multifront legislative campaign to bring back those Dark Ages. And they are succeeding.

A Philly lawyer for sexual abuse victims left his firm after an ex-client’s complaint was leaked

The Phila Inquirer | April 27, 2024

Brian Kent left his firm after a confidential complaint lodged by a former client was publicized by a YouTuber called “The Rabbit.” The Inquirer has verified the authenticity of the document.

“We cannot stand by knowing that there appears to be a pattern of manipulative and abusive behavior by Kent toward vulnerable clients nationwide seeking to find validation and justice in the legal system,” said Marci Hamilton, Founder and CEO of CHILD USA. “What he has done is an abomination and must stop now.”

Congresswoman Ross introduces new bill to support survivors of child

CBS 17 | APRIL 18, 2024

The Closing Bankruptcy Loopholes for Child Predators Act is a bipartisan bill that addresses the misuse of the bankruptcy system by organizations facing lawsuits for child sex abuse.

Ross worked on the bill with Republican Congresswoman Claudia Tenney of New York. She introduced the bill along with Marci Hamilton, CEO of CHILD USA. 

Iowa looks to change statute of limitations law to help Boy Scout sexual abuse survivors

Des Moines Register | April 3, 2024

The passage of this bill through Iowa’s state congress would mean sexual abuse victims could receive the full settlement from the Boy Scouts organization that was initially asked for, providing another step toward justice for these survivors.

Colorado voters should have the chance to give child sexual abuse victims a greater voice

The Colorado Sun | March 23, 2024

In November, Colorado voters will have a voice in saving children from sexual predators and those who harbor them. Coloradans will be able to do more than watch stories about the frightening epidemic of child sexual abuse; they can be part of the solution by using their voice at the ballot box to benefit children.

Report: Latin America’s progress on helping sex abuse victims

AXIOS | MARCH 21, 2024

Latin America is on trend to abolish statutes of limitations on sex abuse crimes against minors, according to a recent report. The report, published last week, is the first from the Global Statute of Limitations (SOL) Reform Task Force, established in 2022 by CHILD USA and the worldwide campaign Brave Movement.

Geoff Drew case brings new reforms, same old roadblocks in Ohio legislature

WCPO Cincinnati | March 21, 2024

Two years after ex-Cincinnati Priest Geoff Drew pleaded guilty to raping a student, an anti-grooming bill is nearing a vote in the Ohio House. But some say it won’t be enough.

‘It Erases Us’: Sex Abuse Survivors Troubled By Washington State Bill

LAW360 | March 8, 2024

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is expected to sign into law a bill that eliminates time limits for bringing child sex abuse claims in the future, but survivors say they are disappointed by an amendment stripping the bill’s retroactivity, saying the legislation doesn’t go far enough to hold abusers accountable.

Why Payouts Are All Over the Map for Boy Scout Sexual Abuse Victims


As a Boy Scout victim from Alabama, Gill Gayle is likely to get around $15,000 from a settlement fund compensating child sexual abuse victims, according to estimates. 

But if he had been abused in New York, he would be eligible for more than 10 times that amount.

Bill on statute of limitations reform passes out of Missouri House committee unanimously for the second time


The bill is an effort to make Missouri legislation on child sexual abuse response and litigation more reflective of the timeline survivors need to process, come to terms with and come forward about what happened.

During his presentation on HB 1617 earlier this month, Seitz cited a study published in March 2020 by CHILD USA highlighting the delayed disclosure of abuse among adult survivors.

CT must extend the statute of limitations for child sex abuse cases


Connecticut’s statute of limitations for suing predators or institutions that enabled childhood sexual abuse is arbitrary and draconian

Alabama Senate approves bill allowing Boy Scout abuse victims to pursue damages


The Alabama Senate Tuesday approved a bill that would allow survivors of sexual abuse in the Boy Scouts of America to take full advantage of the bankruptcy proceedings against the organization.

Navigating Systemic Change:
Your Call hosted by Rose Aguilar with guests Marci Hamilton, and Kalimah Johnson

KALW | JANUARY 24, 2024

In a thought-provoking episode of Your Call, hosted by Rose Aguilar, the spotlight was on the deeply rooted issue of sexual assault, with a focus on why influential figures like Jeffrey Epstein and R. Kelly managed to evade justice for so long. Expert guest Marci Hamilton, Founder and CEO of CHILD USA, underscored the pervasive nature of childhood sexual abuse, revealing a startling statistic: at least one in five girls falls victim before turning 18, cutting across societal realms.



BALTIMORE ( – The Roman Catholic archdiocese of Washington is mounting a constitutional challenge against Maryland’s Child Victims Act (CVA).The CVA, which became law in April last year and went into effect in October, eliminated time limits to file civil lawsuits alleging child sexual abuse. Previously, Maryland law prevented victims from suing once they turned 38.

Child-Porn Claim From Nirvana ‘Nevermind’ Image Revived by Court


Nirvana shouldn’t have so easily escaped a child pornography lawsuit as time-barred because republication of the “Nevermind” album cover represented a new offense within the law’s statute of limitations, the Ninth Circuit said.