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LET’S END CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT

PRESS ADVISORY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 27, 2020

 

NEW YORK EXTENDS CHILD VICTIMS ACT AN ADDITIONAL YEAR AND RECENT NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY CASES UPHOLD REVIVAL WINDOWS

 

GOOD NEWS FOR SURVIVORS OF CHILD SEX ABUSE DESPITE THESE DIFFICULT TIMES 

New York doubles the length of the Child Victims Act.  The New York Legislature has just passed a one-year extension of the Child Victims Act. The codification is a partly a result of CHILD USA and CHILD USAdvocacy’s partnership in protecting victims’ rights to bring their abusers to justice.  CHILD USAdvocacy’s Executive Director Kathryn Robb was on the front lines to get this extension passed.  To read the bills, click here.  

“According to Robb, “Justice has been fortified. Both the legislature and the courts have flexed their muscles to take a strong stand against child sexual abuse and stand firmly with basic notions of justice, reason, and common sense policy.”

Courts uphold window legislation in New Jersey and New York.  On May 22, after considering an amicus brief submitted by CHILD USA and hearing oral arguments by Professor Marci A. Hamilton, CEO & Legal Director of CHILD USA, a trial court in T.M. v. Order of St. Benedict of New Jersey Inc., et al. upheld the 2-year revival window in New Jersey. The revival window allows victims of child sex abuse to bring civil claims, even when their claims have previously expired. Despite the Defendants’ argument that the revival window was unconstitutional, the trial judge in a ruling from the bench, cited CHILD USA’s amicus brief, noting that the revival window in New Jersey will (1) identify previously unknown predators, (2) shift the costs of abuse from victims to those who caused the abuse, and (3) educate the public about the prevalence and harm from child sex abuse. Check out the CHILD USA amicus brief here.

On May 13, 2020, a trial court in Doe v. Diocese of Rockville Centre, et al., upheld the constitutionality of the Child Victims Act. Despite the Defendants’ arguments that the Child Victims Act was unconstitutional in New York, the court found that it is a reasonable response to remedy the “injustice of past child sexual abuse.” To learn more, click here.

Professor Hamilton hailed these historic developments, saying, “The SOL Reform movement has made giant strides forward despite these difficult times.  I sincerely hope that the New York extension and the courts in New Jersey and New York confirming the constitutionality of window legislation will give victims renewed hope that justice is possible.”  

AVAILABLE FOR COMMENT

Prof. Marci Hamilton Esq., CHILD USA, CEO: Hamilton.marci@gmail.com, 215.353.8984

 Kathryn Robb, CHILD USAdvocacy, Executive Director: krobb@childusadvocacy.org, 781.856.7207

 PRESS ADVISORY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 20, 2020

 

 CHILD USA WARNS THAT CHILDREN ARE AT HEIGHTENED RISK OF CHILD SEX ABUSE AND PHYSICAL ABUSE DURING COVID-19 OUTBREAK

 During this time of crisis, CHILD USA is deeply concerned that many children are at higher risk for child sex abuse and physical abuse.  CHILD USA’s CEO, Prof. Marci Hamilton, is available for comment to discuss children at risk and what needs to be done.

 

CHILD USA CEO and University of Pennsylvania Professor Marci Hamilton, a leading expert on child protection in the United States, is available for comment and appearances via skype to discuss these issues.  The protection of children continues to be a pressing national issue even during this pandemic.

 

 

AVAILABLE FOR COMMENT

Prof. Marci Hamilton Esq., CHILD USA, CEO: Hamilton.marci@gmail.com, 215.539.1906

 

 About CHILD USA

 CHILD USA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to ending child abuse and neglect through policy-based research. CHILD USA is the nation’s leading organization that tracks and analyzes child sex abuse statutes of limitations in the United States and internationally. Sexual abuse and the maltreatment of children often occur in secret, behind closed doors, but have public consequences. Victims, their families, and the public pay a high price even decades after the violence ends. CHILD USA draws on the combined expertise of the nation’s leading medical and legal academics to reach evidence-based solutions to persistent and widespread child abuse and neglect. For more information, visit https://www.childusa.org.

 

 PRESS ADVISORY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 14, 2020

 U.S. REPRESENTATIVE JIM JORDAN AND OHIO STATE ABUSE SITUATION IS COMMON

 New information about Congressman Jim Jordan has come to light thanks to a brave anonymous whistle blower.  A former referee has stated that Jordan admitted to knowledge about the abuse Strauss was committing at Ohio State after Jordan denied having any knowledge of the abuse.  See the full story here.

 

Below are statements from CHILD USA CEO, Professor Marci Hamilton and CHILD USAdvocacy Executive Director, Kathryn Robb.  Both are available for further comment.

 

“This is the same old story; it is typical that there are insiders who have full knowledge of what is going on who don’t disclose it.  Cover-up is the theme in institution-based abuse of children in this country right now.” – Marci Hamilton

 

“When leaders in position of power choose to look the other way, they inevitably put children in danger, and simply put, their passivity on the abuse makes them accomplices to a cover-up.” –  Kathryn Robb

 

AVAILABLE FOR COMMENTS

Prof. Marci Hamilton Esq., CHILD USA, CEO: Hamilton.marci@gmail.com, 215.539.1906

 Kathryn Robb, CHILD USAdvocacy, Executive Director: krobb@childusadvocacy.org, 781.856.7207

 

 About CHILD USA

 CHILD USA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to ending child abuse and neglect through policy-based research. CHILD USA is the nation’s leading organization that tracks and analyzes child sex abuse statutes of limitations in the United States and internationally. Sexual abuse and the maltreatment of children often occur in secret, behind closed doors, but have public consequences. Victims, their families, and the public pay a high price even decades after the violence ends. CHILD USA draws on the combined expertise of the nation’s leading medical and legal academics to reach evidence-based solutions to persistent and widespread child abuse and neglect. For more information, visit https://www.childusa.org

 

About CHILD USAdvocacy 

 CHILD USAdvocacy is a 501(c)(4) advocacy organization dedicated to ending child abuse and neglect by advocating for better laws for child protection. Drawing on the combined expertise of the nation’s leading child advocates, specifically our sister organization and national think tank, ChildUSA.org.  CHILD USAdvocacy is committed to protecting children’s civil liberties and keeping children safe from abuse and neglect.

PRESS ADVISORY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 3, 2020

 

CONTACT: Danielle Pollack, 646-724-7211 daniellepollack10@gmail.com 

 

BREAKING: BARREL RACING CHAMPION CHILD and SIBLING COURT ORDERED to $38K HIGHLY CONTROVERSIAL, UNREGULATED “TREATMENT” PROGRAM TO “BOND” WITH ALLEGEDLY ABUSING DAD, PROTECTIVE MOM TO JAIL 7 MONTHS

 

The Chancery Court for Bradley County, Tennessee has mandated that on February 7th a dedicated Georgia mother of two must bring her children and report to Bradley County court, then jail for 7 months. The mother is accused of “parental alienation”, an accusation commonly invoked in family courts in order to counter valid claims of child abuse and domestic abuse. It often plays a role in litigation abuse. “Parental alienation” is widely considered junk science by scholars and scientists alike, though it is still successfully applied and admitted in family courts, where all proceedings are behind closed doors, as in this case.

 

Furthermore, the mother is ordered to surrender her children to an unregulated “reunification camp”, Family Bridges, where the children will be forced to interact or “bond” with their father at an undisclosed location in another state. No contact with their mother, their primary caregiver, will be allowed for up to 120 days. The Father in this case has a history of domestic abuse against his minor daughter (police report, CPS report, and images). The 87-page order issued in January contains many misrepresentations, including hearsay stated as fact. The man overseeing the Family Bridges “reunification camp”, Randy Rand, has been issued multiple citations by the CA Board of Psychology and has lost his license to practice. Rand trained the “parenting coordinator” in this case who then recommended “treatment” at Family Bridges to the court. The cost for this family for the “treatment” is $38,000. In an effort to avoid attending this reunification “treatment” which the child strongly resists, a request for emancipation for the older child, a 16-year old barrel racing world champion, was made to and then granted by a Georgia court where the older child resides. The younger son was removed from his Georgia school by the father and has not been seen by the mother since.

 

The mother nor the children appeared in court on January 21st, but Mother’s attorney did. In the courtroom awaiting to arrest this mother were six police officers, and two unidentified men presumed to be the privately hired “transporters” to take the children to the “reunification camp” Family Bridges.

 

This case is just one in many that exemplify the problems within the family court system and its urgent need for reform.  Judges and other court workers need to be educated about the reality of the issues and not rely on the junk science presented to them in cases like this that allow children to be put back in the custody of their abusers. 

 

AVAILABLE FOR COMMENTS

Prof. Marci Hamilton Esq., CHILD USA, CEO: Hamilton.marci@gmail.com, 215.539.1906

 Danielle Pollack, CHILD USA, Ambassador, Family Court Reform daniellepollack10@gmail.com, 646.724.7211

 Kathryn Robb, CHILD USAdvocacy, Executive Director: krobb@childusadvocacy.org, 781.856.7207

 

 About CHILD USA

 CHILD USA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to ending child abuse and neglect through policy-based research. CHILD USA is the nation’s leading organization that tracks and analyzes child sex abuse statutes of limitations in the United States and internationally. Sexual abuse and the maltreatment of children often occur in secret, behind closed doors, but have public consequences. Victims, their families, and the public pay a high price even decades after the violence ends. CHILD USA draws on the combined expertise of the nation’s leading medical and legal academics to reach evidence-based solutions to persistent and widespread child abuse and neglect. For more information, visit https://www.childusa.org

 

About CHILD USAdvocacy 

 CHILD USAdvocacy is a 501(c)(4) advocacy organization dedicated to ending child abuse and neglect by advocating for better laws for child protection. Drawing on the combined expertise of the nation’s leading child advocates, specifically our sister organization and national think tank, ChildUSA.org.  CHILD USAdvocacy is committed to protecting children’s civil liberties and keeping children safe from abuse and neglect.

PRESS ADVISORY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 28, 2020

 

CONTACT: Danielle Pollack, 646-724-7211 daniellepollack10@gmail.com 

 

CHILD USA CALLS FOR ADOPTION OF THE CHILD SAFETY FIRST BILL IN CONNECTICUT to PROTECT FAMILY VIOLENCE VICTIMS in FAMILY COURTS

 FOTIS DULOS, CHARGED WITH MURDER OF HIS WIFE JENNIFER, FOUGHT FOR CUSTODY OF THEIR FIVE CHILDREN UNTIL THE VERY END. Today, scheduled to appear in court, Dulos was rushed to the hospital after an apparent suicide attempt. The Dulos case highlights the need for immediate family court reform to better protect victims of family violence in Connecticut and in every state.

 “I am afraid of my husband,” Jennifer Dulos wrote in a 2017 affidavit. “I know that filing for divorce and filing this motion will enrage him. I know he will retaliate by trying to harm me in some way.” Fotis Dulos denied Jennifer’s claims and argued that his wife was unfit to have sole custody of the children. He was then awarded partial custody by a Connecticut family court, despite the mother’s concern for her and her five children’s safety and his history of violent behavior. He maintained custody until her disappearance in 2019.

Only weeks ago, Dulos, was charged with the murder of the children’s mother, and took legal action in an attempt to regain custody of the five children. Angered that the children were temporarily placed with their maternal grandmother since their mother’s disappearance on May 24, 2019, Fotis Dulos sought to take the fight over guardianship of the children to juvenile court in December 2019, mere weeks before being charged with Jennifer’s murder.

On January 10, 2020 Connecticut Senator Alex Bergstein, together with CHILD USA’s Danielle Pollack, international expert Evan Stark, and Connecticut Protective Moms, announced new legislation THE CHILD SAFETY FIRST BILL to combat the problems in family courts. Too often family courts fail to properly protect victims of family violence and order children to be in the care of dangerous abusers. The Connecticut Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a screening meeting this Friday, January 31st to make a decision on advancing this important legislation to improve protections for family violence victims. (See attached.)

 

AVAILABLE FOR COMMENTS

Prof. Marci Hamilton Esq., CHILD USA, CEO: Hamilton.marci@gmail.com, 215.539.1906

 Danielle Pollack, CHILD USA, Ambassador of Family Court Reform: daniellepollack10@gmail.com 646.724.7211

 Petition in support of CHILD SAFETY FIRST bill

 

 About CHILD USA

 CHILD USA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to ending child abuse and neglect through policy-based research. CHILD USA is the nation’s leading organization that tracks and analyzes child sex abuse statutes of limitations in the United States and internationally. Sexual abuse and the maltreatment of children often occur in secret, behind closed doors, but have public consequences. Victims, their families, and the public pay a high price even decades after the violence ends. CHILD USA draws on the combined expertise of the nation’s leading medical and legal academics to reach evidence-based solutions to persistent and widespread child abuse and neglect. For more information, visit https://www.childusa.org

 About CHILD USAdvocacy 

 CHILD USAdvocacy is a 501(c)(4) advocacy organization dedicated to ending child abuse and neglect by advocating for better laws for child protection. Drawing on the combined expertise of the nation’s leading child advocates, specifically our sister organization and national think tank, ChildUSA.org.  CHILD USAdvocacy is committed to protecting children’s civil liberties and keeping children safe from abuse and neglect.

PRESS ADVISORY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 20, 2020

 

CONTACT: Sarah Williams, Swilliams@childusa.org, 215-539-1906 

 

CHILD USA Is Growing! 

Please join us in welcoming our new Team Members! 

We are delighted to announce the following new additions to our CHILD USA Staff! 

Daniel S. Mills is CHILD USA’s new Executive Director. Dan Mills is a dedicated father and is a subject matter expert in trauma-informed care. He joins CHILD USA with 26 years of child welfare experience and expertise in administration, national training and staff development, including trauma-informed training. Dan received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from Rutgers University, and his master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Rider University. Dan has devoted his entire professional life to improving the lives of children and adults who are victims of abuse, neglect and maltreatment. The mission and vision of CHILD USA was what drew Dan to join CHILD USA’s team. He is incredibly motivated towards changing the lives of survivors of abuse and neglect, and maltreatment. 

 
Rebekah Frimpong, MPH is CHILD USA’s new Social Science Researcher. Rebekah Frimpong is a dedicated mother, award winning filmmaker, scholar, researcher, and published author and writer. Rebekah serves as a mentor to youth and as a community activist fighting for women’s rights and global health issues. Rebekah received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology (Pre-Med) with a Life Science Concentration from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Rebekah started a student organization at VCU as well called For the Love of Art (FLA) which she was awarded a leadership grant from VCU for developing effective art therapy programs for at-risk youth. After graduation, Rebekah served as a service leader for City Year AmeriCorps and then later worked as lead research assistant on a Traumatic Brain Injury and Spinal Cord Injury study developing a taxonomy for the Rehabilitation Medicine Department at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York. 

Rebekah most recently received her Master of Public Health (MPH) degree and post graduate certificate in Epidemiology from Capella University with capstone integrative project for her MPH program focused on mental health in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria and Suicide Prevention. Rebekah has facilitated and created mentoring projects and successful educational programs in Philadelphia, New York, and in three African countries (Ghana, Kenya, and Uganda). Rebekah has been awarded for her academic achievements, community service and work as an artist with the African Youth Excellence Award in 2015, in 2012 with the Friends of Kenya award, The Miss Africa USA Humanitarian Award in 2010, and in 2006 with the Bill Clinton and Hilary Clinton Innovation Grant. 

 

 We are also delighted to announce 3 new members to the Board of Directors! 

They are a distinguished group, and we are excited to have them join our team in this time of rapid growth and success for CHILD USA. 

 

Jeffrey Fritz is one of the nation’s leading attorneys for victims of child sex abuse. 

Jeffrey P. Fritz, Esq. is experienced in representing crime victims on behalf of survivors of murder, assault, sexual assault and child sex abuse. Mr. Fritz is a 1996 Cum Laude graduate of Widener University School of Law. He is a member of the bar in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He is also a charter member, advisory board member and past president (2010 & 2011) of the National Crime Victim Bar Association, a national organization of attorneys and professionals devoted to obtaining civil justice for the victims of crime. Mr. Fritz is also a member of the American Association for Justice and both the Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Associations. 

 

 Brian Kent is one of the nation’s leading attorneys for victims of crime. 

Mr. Kent has nearly 16 years of legal experience specializing in representing survivors of abuse, assault and exploitation and has taken on several high-profile cases. Mr. Kent has served as a volunteer attorney for the Montgomery County Child Advocacy Project for the past ten (10) years and founded his own charity “A Week Without Worry” that provides fun and exciting trips to abused children and their families. As a survivor of clergy sexual abuse himself, Mr. Kent uses his experiences to put an end to sexual violence in all forms and help other fellow survivors. 

 

Mike Rinder is leading the country in fighting abuse in religious institutions, including sex abuse. Mike Rinder was born and raised in Australia by scientologist parents. He joined scientology’s elite corps, the Sea Org at 18, and rose to sit on the board of the Church of Scientology International and become scientology’s international spokesperson for more than 20 years as well as heading its Office of Special Affairs. In 2007 he escaped scientology. He became a whistleblower against scientology abuses which has culminated in three seasons of the Emmy award winning Leah Remini: Scientology and The Aftermath 

 

About CHILD USA 

CHILD USA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to ending child abuse and neglect through policy-based research. CHILD USA is the nation’s leading organization that child sex abuse statutes of limitations in the United States and internationally. Sexual abuse and the maltreatment of children often occur in secret, behind closed doors, but have public consequences. Victims, their families, and the public pay a high price even decades after the violence ends. CHILD USA draws on the combined expertise of the nation’s leading medical and legal academics to reach evidence-based solutions to persistent and widespread child abuse and neglect. For more information, visit https://www.childusa.org. 

PRESS ADVISORY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 15, 2019

 

CONTACT: Jillian Ruck, jruck@childusa.org, 215.870.9077

 

EMBARGOED: UNTIL MONDAY 10:00AM

CURTIS MUSIC INSTITUTE SURVIVOR LARA ST. JOHN JOINS THE FIGHT FOR WINDOW LEGISLATION IN PA

When:                 Monday, Nov. 18, 2019

Time:                  10:00 am

Where:              3500 Market St, Suite 202, Philadelphia, PA 19104

 CHILD USA and CHILD USAdvocacy will be joined by lawmakers, survivors, and advocates  fighting child sex abuse on Monday November18, 2019, at a press conference in support of SOL Reform in Pennsylvania.  They will be advocating for Pennsylvania to join the national trend around Statute of Limitation Reform and give victims access to justice now.

 

Speakers for the press conference will include:

Lara St. John, Curtis Music Institute Survivor

Kathryn Robb, Executive Director of CHILD USAdvocacy

Professor Marci Hamilton, CEO of CHILD USA

 

Lara St. John, Curtis Music Institute Survivor, said, “Now that overwhelming evidence of heinous and numerous instances of sexual abuse and rape of children has been presented to the legislature of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, it is time for it to act decisively.”

CHILD USA CEO Prof. Marci Hamilton said, “We have been fighting for civil SOL reform in Pennsylvania since 2005, when I drafted for Lynne Abraham’s team the grand jury recommendations in the groundbreaking 2005 Philadelphia Archdiocese Grand Jury Report.  It’s time for lawmakers to do the right thing for their constituents who need to know who is putting their children at risk and the victims.” 

 Kathryn Robb, Executive Director of CHILD USAdvocacy, remarked, “The time has come for the Pennsylvania General Assembly and its leaders to follow the national trend of statute of limitation reform for victims of child sexual abuse. Victims have waited far too long for the basic right to enter the courthouse and hold their predators accountable. All victims deserve a direct and fair path to justice, one which follows the four recommendations of the Grand Jury report. The political cover of an ill-fated path via a unreliable constitutional amendment is nothing short of justice delayed, and ultimately, denied.”

 

AVAILABLE FOR COMMENTS AFTER

Prof. Marci Hamilton Esq., CHILD USA, CEO: Hamilton.marci@gmail.com, 215.539.1906

 

About CHILD USA

CHILD USA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to ending child abuse and neglect through policy-based research. CHILD USA is the nation’s leading organization that tracks and analyzes child sex abuse statutes of limitations in the United States and internationally. Sexual abuse and the maltreatment of children often occur in secret, behind closed doors, but have public consequences. Victims, their families, and the public pay a high price even decades after the violence ends. CHILD USA draws on the combined expertise of the nation’s leading medical and legal academics to reach evidence-based solutions to persistent and widespread child abuse and neglect. For more information, visit https://www.childusa.org

 

About CHILD USAdvocacy 

CHILD USAdvocacy is a 501(c)(4) advocacy organization dedicated to ending child abuse and neglect by advocating for better laws for child protection. Drawing on the combined expertise of the nation’s leading child advocates, specifically our sister organization and national think tank, ChildUSA.org.  CHILD USAdvocacy is committed to protecting children’s civil liberties and keeping children safe from abuse and neglect.

PRESS ADVISORY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 15, 2019

 

CONTACT: Jillian Ruck, jruck@childusa.org, 215.870.9077

 

CHILD USA FILM SCREENING OF “AT THE HEART OF GOLD” FOLLOWED BY PANEL DISCUSSION OF SURVIVOR, EXPERT, AND PRODUCERS

 CHILD USA is excited to announce the second film in this years’ Film Series!  We will be showing “At the Heart of Gold,” a documentary that takes a look into the Larry Nassar Case and the systemic problems that allowed his abuse to continue for years.  After the film there will be a panel discussion with Professor Marci Hamilton, Trinea Gonczar, Dr. Steven Ungerleider, and David Ulich.

Date

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Time

5:45 pm  Dinner and Drinks

6:00 pm  Screening 

7:45 pm  Panel Discussion: 

 Moderator: Kat Ulich, Penn ’21

-Gymnast/survivor, Trinea Gonczar

-Penn Professor, Marci Hamilton

Producers:

-Dr. Steven Ungerleider

-David Ulich Esq.

 

Location:

Annenberg School for Communication, 3620 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104 

 Free to Penn students and the public. 

 For tickets or more information and to RSVP contact Simone Unwalla at sunwalla@childusa.org

 

AVAILABLE FOR COMMENTS AFTER

Prof. Marci Hamilton Esq., CHILD USA, CEO: Hamilton.marci@gmail.com, 215.539.1906

 

About CHILD USA

CHILD USA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to ending child abuse and neglect through policy-based research. CHILD USA is the nation’s leading organization that tracks and analyzes child sex abuse statutes of limitations in the United States and internationally. Sexual abuse and the maltreatment of children often occur in secret, behind closed doors, but have public consequences. Victims, their families, and the public pay a high price even decades after the violence ends. CHILD USA draws on the combined expertise of the nation’s leading medical and legal academics to reach evidence-based solutions to persistent and widespread child abuse and neglect. For more information, visit https://www.childusa.org

PRESS ADVISORY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 14, 2019

 

CONTACT: Jillian Ruck, jruck@childusa.org, 215.870.9077

 

3-YEAR WINDOW TO OPEN IN CALIFORNIA JANUARY 1, 2020

CHILD USA and CHILD USAdvocacy are excited to announce the passage of Assembly Bill 218 in California.  This law was introduced by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez and will extend the statute of limitation for reporting child sex abuse from age 26 to age 40.  The law will also open a 3-year revival window that will allow victims whose statute has expired to file a claim against their abuser.  The window opens on January 1, 2020, and thanks to the efforts of Assemblywoman Gonzalez and Governor Newsom, this window will bring light and justice to the crimes that have taken place in Hollywood.

 CHILD USA CEO Prof. Marci Hamilton said, “California is now the second state (after Hawaii) to pass a second window to justice.  Thank you to CHILD USA’s National SOL Reform Ambassador, Corey Feldman, for his leadership and advocacy!  Time for Hollywood to account for all the harm done and for justice for so many other victims in California who were not able to get justice before the 2003 window closed.”

Kathryn Robb, Executive Director of CHILD USAdvocacy, remarked, “I applaud Governor Newsom and Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez for their commitment to justice for victims of child sexual abuse.  Passing Assembly Bill 218 is a victory for survivors and the children of California!  When we expose hidden predators by giving victims access to justice, we educate the public and we make children safer.” 

AVAILABLE FOR COMMENTS AFTER

Prof. Marci Hamilton Esq., CHILD USA, CEO: Hamilton.marci@gmail.com, 215.539.1906

Kathryn Robb Esq., CHILD USAdvocacy, Executive Director: krobb@childusadvocacy.org, 781.856.7207

 

About CHILD USA

CHILD USA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to ending child abuse and neglect through policy-based research. CHILD USA is the nation’s leading organization that tracks and analyzes child sex abuse statutes of limitations in the United States and internationally. Sexual abuse and the maltreatment of children often occur in secret, behind closed doors, but have public consequences. Victims, their families, and the public pay a high price even decades after the violence ends. CHILD USA draws on the combined expertise of the nation’s leading medical and legal academics to reach evidence-based solutions to persistent and widespread child abuse and neglect. For more information, visit https://www.childusa.org

 

About CHILD USAdvocacy 

 

CHILD USAdvocacy is a 501(c)(4) advocacy organization dedicated to ending child abuse and neglect by advocating for better laws for child protection. Drawing on the combined expertise of the nation’s leading child advocates, specifically our sister organization and national think tank www.childusa.org.  CHILD USAdvocacy is committed to protecting children’s civil liberties and keeping children safe from abuse and neglect.

PRESS ADVISORY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 8, 2019

CONTACT: Jillian Ruck, jruck@childusa.org, 215.870.9077

PENNSYLVANIA ATTORNEY GENERAL JOSH SHAPIRO TO RECEIVE CHILD USA “ACCESS TO JUSTICE” AWARD

CHILD USA is delighted to announce that Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro will receive the 2019 CHILD USA Access to Justice Award at its Annual Awards Celebration on November 7, 2019. The ceremony will take place at the Crystal Tea Room in Philadelphia, PA.

Attorney General Shapiro will be receiving the “Access to Justice” award for his brave and groundbreaking work investigating the Catholic dioceses of Pennsylvania and issuing a Grand Jury Report that captured the attention of the world

Josh Shapiro serves as Pennsylvania’s Attorney General to combat crime, uphold individual rights and protect consumers. He is the sixth person elected to the office, and was sworn in on January 17, 2017 as the Commonwealth’s top lawyer and chief law enforcement officer with a mandate to ensure integrity and be the people’s Attorney General.

Throughout his career as a public servant, General Shapiro has risen above politics and taken on the status quo to protect Pennsylvanians.

His work has earned him a national reputation as a rising progressive leader and bipartisan consensus builder.

The Annual Awards Celebration honors leaders in child protection. For more information about this year’s event, contact Sarah Williams at swilliams@childusa.org.

AVAILABLE FOR COMMENTS AFTER

Prof. Marci Hamilton Esq., CHILD USA, CEO: mhamilton@childusa.org, 215.539.1906

About CHILD USA

CHILD USA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to ending child abuse and neglect through policy-based research. CHILD USA is the nation’s leading organization that tracks and analyzes child sex abuse statutes of limitations in the United States and internationally. Sexual abuse and the maltreatment of children often occur in secret, behind closed doors, but have public consequences. Victims, their families, and the public pay a high price even decades after the violence ends. CHILD USA draws on the combined expertise of the nation’s leading medical and legal academics to reach evidence-based solutions to persistent and widespread child abuse and neglect. For more information, visit https://www.childusa.org.

PRESS ADVISORY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 17, 2019

CONTACT: Jillian Ruck, jruck@childusa.org, 215.870.9077

CHILD USA ANNOUNCES NEW NATIONAL AMBASSADORS FOR CHILDAND FAMILY PROTECTION LEAH REMINI AND MIKE RINDER

CHILD USA is excited to announce the addition of two new National Ambassadors to our team, Leah Remini and Mike Rinder! They will join the CHILD USA team as National Ambassadors for Child and Family Protection.

CHILD USA will honor Leah Remini and Mike Rinder at our Annual Celebration on November 7, 2019 for their work in exposing the Church of Scientology for its abuses against its members. They will receive the Barbara Blaine Trailblazer Award for their work on their A&E show Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath where they have taken a brave, public stand for justice and given a voice to many victims of Scientology.

Leah Remini, Emmy Award winner, New York Times Best Selling author, actress, and producer. Leah Remini was a member of the Church of Scientology for 35 years. In 2013, Leah left the Church of Scientology and began exposing Scientology’s abuses towards its members and more importantly, their children. In this work Remini created and produced the show Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath which gave a voice to victims who were speaking out against their abusers. The documentary series has been recognized with, an Emmy Award, a Television Critics Association Award, two Gracie Awards, the Napte Award, the first-ever Impact Award, and a Producers Guild Award.

Mike Rinder was born and raised in a Scientology family. He joined Scientology’s elite Sea Organization at age 18 and eventually rose to sit on the Board of the Church of Scientology International. He was Scientology’s International Spokesperson for over 20 years. Mike Rinder left the Scientology in 2007 and became a whistleblower against church abuses. He was featured in the HBO award winning documentary Going Clear, as well as many other media in the US and around the world. He co-starred alongside Leah Remini on the A&E show Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath and will also be receiving the Barbara Blaine Trailblazer Award. Mike lost two children to Scientology’s policy of disconnection, so his passion for the subject is very personal.

CHILD USA CEO Prof. Marci Hamilton and the nation’s leading expert on SOL reform, said, “We at CHILD USA are thrilled to name Leah Remini and Mike Rinder to be National Ambassadors for Child and Family Protection. They are heroes for the downtrodden who are victimized in religious settings. We will be working closely together to expand CHILD USA’s outreach and capacity to address the cutting-edge child protection issues of the day including accesstojusticeforsexabusevictims,thefamilycourtcrisis,andmanyothers. Thanks from the bottom of my heart for their bravery and their mission to help others.”

Leah Remini and Mike Rinder stated, “We are excited to be able to help expand the important message of CHILD USA.  It is our passion to help protect children from predators and abuses and assist in reconnecting families torn apart by cults and extremist ideologies.  Unfortunatley too much abuse remains hidden.  Prof. Hamilton and her team are doing something about it and it is an honor for us to be able to lend a hand to help shine the light and end the abuses.”

AVAILABLE FOR COMMENTS

Prof. Marci Hamilton Esq., CHILD USA, CEO: Hamilton.marci@gmail.com, 215.539.1906

About CHILD USA

CHILD USA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to ending child abuse and neglect through evidence-based social science and legal research. CHILD USA puts the best science and legal research together to identify needs and to advocate with our 501(c)(4) partner, CHILD USAdvocacy, to help millions of children and childhood victims at once through legal and policy advocacy. CHILD USA is the nation’s leading organization that tracks and analyzes child sex abuse statutes of limitations in the United States and internationally. Sexual abuse and the maltreatment of children often occur in secret, behind closed doors, but have public consequences. Victims, their families, and the public pay a high price even decades after the violence ends. CHILD USA draws on the combined expertise of the nation’s leading medical and legal academics to reach evidence-based solutions to persistent and widespread child abuse and neglect. For more information, visit https://www.childusa.org.

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MAY 23, 2019

CONTACT: Jillian Ruck, jruck@childusa.org, 215.870.9077 

PARTNERSHIP WITH CHILD USA AND LEADERSHIP COUNCIL

CHILD USA is excited to announce our new partnership with the Leadership Council on Child Abuse & Interpersonal Violence.  The Leadership Council is joining CHILD USA as our “Leadership Council Advisory Committee.” 

The Leadership Council on Child Abuse & Interpersonal Violence is composed of national leaders in psychology, psychiatry, medicine, law, and public policy who are committed to the ethical application of psychological science and countering its misuse by special interest groups. Members of the Council are dedicated to the health, safety and well-being of children and other vulnerable populations. More information can be found at: www.leadershipcouncil.org.

The experts on the Leadership Council will provide CHILD USA with research and consultation on science, policy, and, legal analysis related to child protection.  This partnership will be invaluable as CHILD USA moves forward in addressing and combating all forms of child sex abuse and other adverse childhood experiences.  The Leadership Council has been a leader in holding society accountable to use evidence, science, and reliable information in driving policy changes that protect children.  It will continue to do so through its collaboration with CHILD USA. 

Dr. Joyanna Silberg, President of Leadership Council, stated, “The Leadership Council on Child Abuse & Interpersonal Violence is pleased to announce a partnership with CHILD USA. Our goal with this partnership is to consolidate resources in the fight against the victimization of children, and the fight against cultural denial of the impact of this victimization. We applaud the efforts of CHILD USA to bring the scourge of abuse against children into the light and foresee that this powerful collaboration can make a huge difference for children and for our society at large.”

James Marsh Esq., Chair of the CHILD USA Board, remarked, “For decades the Leadership Council has been at the forefront in ensuring the integrity of psychological science and its application in courts and public policy. Using research-based information and best practices, the Council has debunked many insidious myths and disinformation which directly impacts the lives of at-risk children and vulnerable families. We are excited to harness the Council’s knowledge base and expertise in CHILD USA’s quest to develop the best information and find the most effective solutions for children everywhere. We welcome the Leadership Council as a vital component of CHILD USA’s mission as the nation’s only think tank for child protection.”

Professor Marci Hamilton, CEO of CHILD USA, stated, “CHILD USA is honored to add the extraordinary expertise of Leadership Council members as our new Leadership Council Advisory Committee.  The LC has been a leader in the United States fighting against junk science and protecting children from abuse and neglect.  They bring social science, policy, and legal expertise that will expand CHILD USA’s capacities and outreach in dramatic ways.  I look forward to working with Joyanna Silberg and her colleagues from Leadership Council as CHILD USA leads the way in fighting abuse and neglect through legal and policy analysis based on the best evidence-based research.”

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About CHILD USA

CHILD USA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to ending child abuse and neglect through policy-based research. CHILD USA is the nation’s leading organization that tracks and analyzes child sex abuse statutes of limitations in the United States and internationally. Sexual abuse and the maltreatment of children often occur in secret, behind closed doors, but have public consequences. Victims, their families, and the public pay a high price even decades after the violence ends. CHILD USA draws on the combined expertise of the nation’s leading medical and legal academics to reach evidence-based solutions to persistent and widespread child abuse and neglect. For more information, visit https://www.childusa.org

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May 13, 2019

CONTACT: Sarah Williams, swilliams@childusa.org, 215-539-1906

Marci Hamilton, marcih@sas.upenn.edu, 215-353-8984

NEW JERSEY GOV. MURPHY TO SIGN GROUNDBREAKING LEGISLATION FOR ACCESS TO JUSTICE FOR VICTIMS OF SEX ABUSE AND ASSAULT

WHAT:

S.477, the New Jersey bill to amend the child sex abuse statutes of limitations, is set to pass Monday May,13 2019. Key provisions of S.477 include:

Extension of the civil statute of limitation to age 55 in child sex abuse cases, OR 7 years from discovery, whichever is later.

Current law demands that the suit be filed within two years of the victim’s 18th birthday or two years after delayed discovery.

Adult sex assault victims will have 7 years from victimization or 7 years from discovery, whichever is later.

Creation of a 2-year “window” during which victims whose civil claims have expired may file a civil lawsuit.

Expand the categories of defendants who are liable in these cases to include nonprofit corporations, societies or associations organized exclusively for religious, charitable or educational purposes including its trustees, directors, officers, employees, agents, servants or volunteers.

“2019 is a banner year for statute of limitations (SOL) reform for child sex abuse victims. NY, NJ, and MT have already passed legislation and 38 states (and counting) are already considering expanding the statutes of limitation for access to justice for victims,” according to Marci Hamilton, CEO of CHILD USA.

CHILD USA CEO Prof. Marci Hamilton will be joining State Senator Joseph Vitale and Governor Phil Murphy in support of Senator Vitale’s proposed legislation to abolish the statute of limitations for sexual offenses in New Jersey. It is thanks to Senator Vitale’s tireless effort to give justice to these victims and Governor Murphy’s willingness to sign this legislation into law, that New Jersey takes this step forward in protecting children against sex abuse. Child sexual abuse is a global scourge that has flourished in youth-serving organizations and families. On average, 1 in 4 girls, and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday. Senator Vitale’s legislation is a big step forward for survivors and victims in the state of New Jersey.

CHILD USA is the only organization to track the child sex abuse Statute of Limitations (SOL) reform movement and to study and analyze SOL’s. For the latest information, visit www.childusa.org.

Regarding this new proposed legislation, Professor Hamilton commented “New Jersey is now the leader in the United States on SOL reform for child sex abuse and adult assault victims. This is the first window to cover both child and adult victims. New Jersey joins, New York, Washington DC, and Montana by enacting a window this year and 38 other states are considering statute of limitation reform in 2019. This is a banner year for justice for victims of child sex abuse.”

WHO: Gov. Phil Murphy

Sen. Joseph Vitale, Prime Sponsor of S.477

Sen. Steve Sweeney, Senate President

Assemblywoman Annette Quijano

Professor Marci Hamilton, CEO of CHILD USA and Professor, University of Pennsylvania

Mark Crawford, NJ State Director, SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests)

Patricia Teffenhart, Executive Director of NJCASA

WHEN and WHERE:

Monday, May 13, 2019

Press Conference: 3:00 p.m. EST, 131 W State St, Trenton, NJ 08608 in Committee Room 4

About CHILD USA:

CHILD USA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to ending child abuse and neglect through policy-based research. CHILD USA is the nation’s leading organization that child sex abuse statutes of limitations in the United States and internationally. Sexual abuse and the maltreatment of children often occur in secret, behind closed doors, but have public consequences. Victims, their families, and the public pay a high price even decades after the violence ends. CHILD USA draws on the combined expertise of the nation’s leading medical and legal academics to reach evidence-based solutions to persistent and widespread child abuse and neglect. For more information, visit https://www.childusa.org.

APRIL 10, 2019

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CONTACT: Sarah Williams, Swilliams@childusa.org, 215-539-1906

JUSTICE ON THE HORIZON FOR CHILD SEX ABUSE VICTIMS IN PENNSYLVANIA

2019 is a banner year for statute of limitations (SOL) reform for child sex abuse victims. NY and NJ have already passed legislation and 38 states (and counting) are already considering expanding the statutes of limitation for access to justice for victims.

CHILD USA CEO Prof. Marci Hamilton will be joining State Senator Katie Muth and Attorney General Josh Shapiro in support of Senator Muth’s proposed legislation to abolish the statute of limitations for sexual offenses in Pennsylvania. Child sexual abuse is a global scourge that has flourished in youth-serving organizations and families. On average, 1 in 4 girls, and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday. Pennsylvania is home to some of the most well-known scandals related to child sex abuse, including: Penn State, every Roman Catholic diocese in the state, the Solebury School, and most recently local pediatrician, Dr. Johnnie Barto. Despite this, Pennsylvania’s laws have not been amended to reflect what we now know about the scale and trauma of abuse in the Commonwealth.

Senator Muth’s legislation is a big step forward for survivors and victims in the Commonwealth. CHILD USA CEO, Prof. Marci Hamilton, the leading expert on child sex abuse SOLs, will be introducing Brooke Rush, a survivor of abuse by pediatrician Dr. Johnny Barto, who will reaffirm that child sex abuse is a plague that runs across all of society.

CHILD USA is the only organization to track the child sex abuse Statute of Limitations (SOL) reform movement and to study and analyze SOL’s. 

Regarding this new proposed legislation, Professor Hamilton commented “Pennsylvania has the most grand jury investigations about child sex abuse in the country but is woefully behind with regard to actually providing access to justice for victims. Despite the decades of public evidence exposing the abuse and the related cover up, it is confounding to me that my home state, has not been able to come together to validate victims. Legislation to abolish the SOLs is a big step forward for child protection in Pennsylvania.”

Brooke Rush, said, “The current statute of limitations will prevent most of Barto’s victims from having their day in court. Victims of child sexual abuse are often unable to process what has happened them or even realize that they were sexually abused until well into their adulthood and Pennsylvania’s antiquated SOL does not recognize this fact.”

Prof. Hamilton will also be introducing attorney, Kathryn Robb, the Executive Director of CHILD USAdvocacy, CHILD USA’s new sister organization. Utilizing the legal research and social science data that CHILD USA produces, CHILD USAdvocacy will advocate to protect children’s civil liberties and keep them safe from abuse. Robb has been fighting for SOL reform for over a decade.

Robb remarked, “SOL reform are the building blocks in the road to justice, cemented together by the brave voices of so many survivors. I am honored to work alongside the great legal scholar, Prof. Marci Hamilton, and many others, in this civil rights movement for children. CHILD USAdvocacy is proud to support Senator Katie Muth and AG Josh Shapiro’s Bill”

WHEN: Wednesday, April 10 at 9:30 a.m.

WHERE: Main Capitol Rotunda, 501 N 3rd St, Harrisburg, PA 17120

AVAILABLE FOR COMMENTS AFTER

Prof. Marci Hamilton, Hamilton.marci@gmail.com, 215.353.8984

Kathryn Robb, Esq., krobb@childusadvocacy.org, 781.856.7207

About CHILD USA

CHILD USA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to ending child abuse and neglect through policy-based research. CHILD USA is the nation’s leading organization that child sex abuse statutes of limitations in the United States and internationally. Sexual abuse and the maltreatment of children often occur in secret, behind closed doors, but have public consequences. Victims, their families, and the public pay a high price even decades after the violence ends. CHILD USA draws on the combined expertise of the nation’s leading medical and legal academics to reach evidence-based solutions to persistent and widespread child abuse and neglect. For more information, visit https://www.childusa.org.

FEB 13, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Alix P. Boren, Esq., Executive Director, CHILD USA, 215-539-1906, aboren@childusa.org

Justice No Longer Denied: CHILD USA Announces the Formation of The Sean P. McIlmail

Statute of Limitations Research Institute and its First Publication and New Resource

CHILD USA will be hosting a press conference on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 1:00 PM at the CHILD USA offices (3701 Chestnut St., 6th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19104). The conference will be attended by CEO, Prof. Marci Hamilton, Deborah and Michael McIlmail, and Sarah Klein.

CHILD USA is the only organization to track the child sex abuse Statute of Limitations (SOL) reform movement and to study and analyze SOLs.

Today CHILD USA releases the first publication of the new Sean P. McIlmail Statute of Limitations Reform Institute—the 2019 Child Sex Abuse SOL Summary.

The Sean P. McIlmail Statute of Limitations Research Institute was founded with a generous donation from the parents of Sean McIlmail, a brave clergy sex abuse victim who passed away when the stress of prosecuting Fr. Robert Brennan triggered his struggle with opioids. Sean was the only victim in Philadelphia who could prosecute due to Pennsylvania’s exceedingly short child sex abuse SOLs. The Institute, which will help preserve Sean’s legacy, is dedicated to studying and analyzing SOLs to fight for access to justice for all child sex abuse victims. Deborah and Michael McIlmail have turned their tragedy into a mission for the greater good.

CHILD USA CEO, Professor Marci Hamilton commented, “This is an exciting day for CHILD USA as we receive the needed resources to energize and empower the movement for victims’ access to justice with the best in legal research and cutting edge social science. We are inspired by Deborah and Michael McIlmail’s big hearts and generosity. They have turned tragedy into the cause of justice.

We are announcing today the McIlmail Institute’s first project: a new resource for the public, victims, and lawmakers: a daily updated record of the child sex abuse SOL bills introduced each year, how they fare, and which states are leading the way with elimination of the criminal or civil SOLs or window legislation.”

Deborah and Michael McIlmail said, “Our feelings at the release of this new tool are ones of hope, empowerment and to advocate changes in SOL legislation for the protection of all children.”

They continued, “We feel this institute is honoring Sean, just as the words from the song, which has since become his mantra- ‘I WAS HERE’

. . . ‘Cause I know it’s my destiny to leave more than a trace of myself in this place

. . . And I know I will do more than just pass through this life

. . . I’ll leave nothing less then something that says I was here . . . ”

Survivor, Sarah Klein commented, “I did not realize until my late thirties that the ‘treatment’ I received for 17 years from Larry Nassar was not in fact legitimate medical treatment, but was rather the sexual abuse of a minor. By the time I became aware of this fact, the statute of limitations had run. My story is far too common. It is time for the silence to end and survivors to be given their power back, which includes access to the justice system. This institute will accomplish that very thing.”

The SOL reform movement is more vibrant than ever with New York finally passing the Child Victims

Act this year and Governor Cuomo signing it this Thursday. Over half of the states have already proposed bills in 2019 that aim to increase access to justice for victims of child sex abuse.

Copies of the McIlmail Institute’s new SOL reform resource will be available at the press conference and hosted at childusa.org/law after the press conference.

About CHILD USA

CHILD USA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to ending child abuse and neglect through policy-based research. CHILD USA is the nation’s leading organization that tracks and advocates for access to justice for child sex abuse victims, including child sex abuse statutes of limitations in the United States and internationally. Sexual abuse and the maltreatment of children often occur in secret, behind closed doors, but have public consequences. Victims, their families, and the public pay a high price even decades after the violence ends. CHILD USA draws on the combined expertise of the nation’s leading medical and legal academics to reach evidence-based solutions to persistent and widespread child abuse and neglect. For more information, visit https://www.childusa.org.

NOV. 1, 2018

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Contact: Paula DuPont, 215-915-1161 or pmdupont17@gmail.com

Pennsylvania and the City of Philadelphia Proclaim Nov. 3 “All Survivors Day;” Survivors Sarah Klein and Juan Carlos Cruz Join Other Sexual Assault Survivors at Philadelphia Event

CHILD USA, SNAP invite public to support survivors of sexual assault at worldwide gatherings

Philadelphia, Pa. – Nov. 1, 2018 – The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the City of Philadelphia have proclaimed Nov. 3, 2018 “All Survivors Day” to recognize survivors of sexual assault. Survivors, including the first known survivor of former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar, are among those who will speak at an event in Philadelphia.

Gatherings are being held in several U.S. cities and throughout the world.

Survivors of sexual assault and leading advocates will speak at the outdoor rally on Independence Mall in Philadelphia, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Speakers include former gymnast and survivor Sarah Klein; Juan Carlos Cruz, a survivor of clergy sexual abuse whose advocacy led to an organized movement that compelled the Pope to apologize and remove five bishops in Chile; and author Patricia Cahill, survivor of clergy and nun sexual abuse and member of the National Association of Adult Survivors of Child Abuse (NAASCA).

“CHILD USA supports this historic day where we come together to fight sex abuse and assault,” said Marci Hamilton, CEO of CHILD USA and University of Pennsylvania professor. CHILD USA is a think tank focused on children’s rights and statute of limitations reform.

“On All Survivors Day, we honor all victims of sex abuse and assault by expressing our support and respect. It’s time for justice for all survivors and recognition of the millions who have not yet come forward. The justice system needs to become victim-centered and serve their needs, no longer the needs of the perpetrator and the institutions that cover them up,” Hamilton said.

CHILD USA is co-sponsoring the Philadelphia event with SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests).

“All Survivors Day is a call to action to all citizens to come together and help change the culture that surrounds sexual abuse and assault,” said Tim Lennon, president of SNAP. “By stepping into the light and telling our stories, we are hoping to motivate others to join us as we seek to prevent future cases of sexual abuse and show others what they can do to get involved in their own communities and institutions to ensure this never happens again.”

Gatherings around the country and world for “All Survivors Day” are being supported by GRACE, The Joyful Heart Foundation, The Angel Heart Foundation, Ending Clergy Abuse, Families Against Cult Teachings and Abuse, Childhelp, Darkness to Light, The Army of Survivors, Stop Child Predators, Together We Heal, EmpowerSurvivors, Protect LDS Children, Courage Conference, Sound Choices Coalition, Stop the Silence, Freedom of Mind, Always a Voice, Together We Heal, NAASCA, Global Sports Development Foundation, and The Amends Project.

Lennon and Hamilton said they hope that each year, the first Saturday in November will be designated “All Survivors Day” worldwide to honor survivors of sexual abuse, raise awareness of the widespread nature of the issue and organize for change in the culture that allows sexual abuse to continue.

The media coverage of the Bill Cosby and Larry Nassar trials, the recent Pennsylvania Grand Jury report covering clergy sex abuse, the U.S. Department of Justice investigations, #MeToo, #TimesUp, and #WhyIDidntReport victims has brought into light the glaring prevalence of a once-silent and hidden culture that enables sexual abuse. Tragically, the epidemic is bigger than can be quantified as the nature of sexual abuse is too painful for many victims to come forward, much less identify and hold accountable their abusers.

“All Survivors Day” honors those who bravely share their stories and who speak for those who can’t. It is a day to bring awareness, healing and hope for survivors that their pain may lead to preventing future abuse.

“All Survivors Day” is led by organizations that are spotlighting the scourge of sexual abuse, whether at home, schools, churches, military bases, college campuses, sports or elsewhere. The groups are uniting to call attention to the barriers survivors face when coming forward, finding support, and fighting to hold perpetrators accountable. To learn more about the sponsoring organizations, visit AllSurvivorsDay.org or post to #AllSurvivorsDay.

About CHILD USA and SNAP

CHILD USA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit think tank located at the University of Pennsylvania dedicated to ending child abuse and neglect through research-based public policy advocacy. CHILD USA is the nation’s leading organization that tracks and advocates for access to justice for child sex abuse victims, including child sex abuse statutes of limitations in the United States and internationally. Sexual abuse and the maltreatment of children often occur in secret, behind closed doors, but have public consequences. Victims, their families, and the public pay a high price even decades after the violence ends. CHILD USA draws on the combined expertise of the nation’s leading medical and legal academics to reach evidence-based solutions to persistent and widespread child abuse and neglect. For more information, visit https://www.childusa.org.

SNAP, the Survivors Network, has been providing support for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings for 30 years. We have more than 25,000 survivors and supporters in our network. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org

OCTOBER 10, 2018

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Contact: Marci Hamilton, CHILD USA CEO & Academic Director, 215-539-1906, mhamilton@childusa.org

Ali Boren, Executive Director, CHILD UDA, 215-539-1906, aboren@childusa.org

On November 15, 2018, CHILD USA, the University of Pennsylvania-based think tank for child protection, run by Prof. Marci Hamilton, will be hosting its Second Annual Award Celebration at Union Trust in Philadelphia, PA. The 2018 Celebration will honor brave whistleblowers who have come forward to expose child sex abuse in sports, Hollywood, and the Catholic Church.

The inaugural Barbara Blaine Trailblazer Award: The CHILD USA Trailblazer Award is being renamed in honor of Founder of SNAP, Barbara Blaine. The inaugural Barbara Blaine Trailblazer Award will be presented posthumously to Dr. Richard Sipe. Blaine’s vision and voice led countless survivors to come forward, an essential precursor to the #MeToo movement. Dr. Sipe is one of the earliest and most important intellects to critically analyze the Catholic priesthood in light of the clergy sex abuse scandal.

The CHILD USA Public Educator Award is being presented to renowned writer, director, producer, and Philadelphia native, Jennifer Fox. She will be receiving the Public Educator Award for her most recent feature, The Tale, which premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and launched on HBO Films in the U.S. and around the world to audience and critical acclaim, garnering many awards and two Emmy Nominations this year so far. The Tale is director Jennifer Fox’s personal memoir examining the journey from denial to truth—and the stories we tell ourselves to survive. Revisiting a short story she wrote at thirteen, a documentary filmmaker (Laura Dern) faces life altering questions about her first sexual experience and the elusive nature of memory. Fox’s groundbreaking films and series include the Sundance Grand Prize Winner, Beirut: The Last Home Movie, An American Love Story, Flying Confessions of a Free Woman, and the Emmy nominated, My Reincarnation. Fox has executive produced numerous films including Love & Diane, On the Ropes, The Pathological Optimist and The Rest I Make Up. She lectures internationally and her films have been shown in retrospectives around the world.

The CHILD Protector Award is being presented to sister survivors, heroes, and advocates Rachael Denhollander, Jamie Dantzscher, Jessica Howard, and Sarah Klein. Each of these brave women have played integral roles in exposing predator and former USA Gymnastics team doctor, Larry Nassar. Each of these women has bravely shared her story of survival, helping expose not only the large scale abuse by Larry Nassar but also the related institutional coverup. Nassar’s conviction did not stop the efforts of these women. Each continues to work to advocate for change, whether through the court, the media, or support of other survivors, to ensure no child will suffer abuse in sports.

The Sean P. McIlmail Hero Award: This award is being presented to actor and whistleblower on child sex abuse in Hollywood, Corey Feldman. As a constant in the industry, Corey has appeared in over 100 films, completed eighty shows in his band’s mostly sold out US tour, and he recently had his first Top 40 Billboard hit single. In addition to his impressive background in entertainment, Corey is also a NY Times best-selling author for his 2013 autobiography Coreyography. Currently, he is working to turn the bestseller into a Major Motion picture, which will detail and expose the trials and tribulations of growing up as a child in an industry riddled with pedophilia.

“CHILD USA is celebrating the whistleblowers of child sex abuse in the Catholic Church, Hollywood, and Olympic sports. Each of our honorees has led the movement for truth and justice for the victims of child sex abuse,” says Prof. Marci Hamilton, CEO of CHILD USA.“This year’s Awards Celebration is a testament to the bravery of so many who have suffered so much. They have changed our world, decidedly for the better. We hope you can join us on November 15th as we celebrate their historic contributions.”

What: CHILD USA’s Second Annual Awards Celebration

When: Thursday, November 15, 2018 | 6:30 p.m.

Where: Union Trust, 717 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19102

About CHILD USA

CHILD USA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit located at the University of Pennsylvania dedicated to ending child abuse and neglect through research-based public policy advocacy. CHILD USA is the nation’s leading organization that tracks and advocates for access to justice for child sex abuse victims, including child sex abuse statutes of limitations in the United States and internationally. Sexual abuse and the maltreatment of children often occur in secret, behind closed doors, but have public consequences. Victims, their families, and the public pay a high price even decades after the violence ends. CHILD USA draws on the combined expertise of the nation’s leading medical and legal academics to reach evidence-based solutions to persistent and widespread child abuse and neglect. For more information, visit https://www.childusa.org.

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PRESS ADVISORY

September 11, 2018

Contact: Prof. Marci A. Hamilton, CEO, CHILD USA, 215-353-8984, marcih@sas.upenn.edu

Alix Boren, Esq., Executive Director, CHILD USA, 215-539-1906, aboren@childusa.org
Michael McDonnell, SNAP, Philadelphia, 267-261-0578, mcdo1268@gmail.com
Vinka Jackson, 470-464-0779, vinka.jackson@gmail.com
Jessica Howard, 904-314-8764, j.a.howard@icloud.com
Sarah Klein, 646-335-3385, sk.advocate@gmail.com

Larry Nassar Survivors Join CHILD USA and SNAP (the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) at Press Conference to Call Upon Lawmakers to Pass a Window for Justice in Pennsylvania

WHERE: 601 S. Henderson Road, King of Prussia, PA 19406 DATE: September 11, 2018
TIME: 11:30 a.m.

The Pennsylvania Attorney General’s grand jury report on sex abuse in six dioceses proved to Pennsylvanians that the victims of child sex abuse in the Commonwealth are severely deprived of justice. Nearly every one of the over 1,000 victims has no access to justice. The report renewed calls on Pennsylvania lawmakers to follow Delaware’s example by enacting a 2-year windowso victims would have 2 years during which the civil statute of limitations would pose no defense to their valid claims of child sex abuse. The focus of the report is on the heinous and callous actions of Catholic bishops letting children be abused by serial child predators, but its recommendations to enact a window and to eliminate the criminal SOLs are needed for every survivor in the Commonwealth.

The time has come to expand the circle of survivors who are heard on Pennsylvania lawmaker’s unfair treatment of child sex abuse survivors. Until a window is passed, Pennsylvania lawmakers are responsible for hiding predators and shielding institutions that enable child sex abuse. Today, Jessica Howard and Sarah Klein, two of Dr. Larry Nassar’s survivors, will join Prof. Marci Hamilton and SNAP leader Michael McDonnell to call on Pennsylvania lawmakers to choose the victims over the predators and to finally bring justice to the state. They will also be joined by priest survivor Shawn Magee and family survivor, psychologist, and author, Vinka Jackson, from Chile, who is working to get the statutes of limitations ended there as well.

Rhythmic gymnast Jessica Howard and gymnast Sarah Klein helped change the statutes of limitations for child sex abuse in Michigan. Howard is a three-time national champion rhythmic gymnast. She has appeared on CBS 60 Minutes and has testified before Congress on child sexual abuse legislation. Klein, an attorney and Pennsylvania resident, is a recipient of the ESPN Arthur Ashe Courage Award.

Other survivors and advocates will make statements and hold signs, including Deborah and Michael McIlmail and Arthur Baselice, who each lost sons who had been abused by a priest and who were striving for justice.

“Delaware is the leader in the United States on justice for child sex abuse victims, according to CHLD USA’s study of child sex abuse statute of limitations legislation since 2002, published here. In contrast, Pennsylvania lawmakers’ denial of access to justice for child sex abuse victims is intolerable,” says Prof. Marci Hamilton, CEO and Academic Director of CHILD USA. “It is a fact that window legislation has revealed to the public hundreds of hidden child predators and shifted the cost of the abuse from the victims to the ones who caused it. It is fundamentally fair. The Delaware Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Delaware window as have many other courts. The Pennsylvania Senators opposing the window are hiding behind a bogus claim of unconstitutionality as they pander to the bishops’ lobbyists. At this point in history, deferring to the bishops on child sex abuse is like asking an arsonist to prevent forest fires. Whoever sides with them sides with the predators.”

Rhythmic gymnast and Nassar survivor Jessica Howard says,“The high powered enablers of Larry Nassar’s heinous, decades long sexual abuse at MSU attempted to hide behind Michigan’s antiquated statute of limitations law to escape justice. But that law was changed because brave survivors met with legislators, courageously told their stories and demanded change. I am honored to stand with my sister and brother survivors in Pennsylvania because they have a right to the same window to justice that will hold the predators who violated them to account, and allow the victims to begin a process of recovery and relief from pain that only justice can bring.”

“The acid test of a legal system is its capacity to do justice. Justice for the countless survivors of sexual abuse who are now finally able to come forward and seek healing requires that statutes of limitations be changed. It is an unspeakable injustice to allow statutes of limitations to leave victims without the healing that only legal justice can provide,” says gymnast and Nassar survivor, Sarah Klein. “As a former competitive gymnast and the first known abuse survivor of Olympic team doctor Larry Nassar, our ‘army of survivors’ proved that we can overcome opposition and change laws, as we recently did in Michigan. We now call on our elected representatives in PA to fix the broken statues of limitations. Survivors deserve justice.”

“In 2010, the first law to reform the child sex abuse statutes in Chile was introduced, but it was moving slowly. With the revelations by Chilean survivors including Juan Carlos Cruz and James Hamilton in the American press, the issue became a bipartisan priority in Chile where thousands of victims have been blocked from justice. CHILD USA is leading the way globally to greater safety for children through child sex abuse statutes of limitations reform, and I am proud to stand with them,” according to Chilean psychologist and survivor Vinka Jackson.

Pennsylvania survivor of Fr. Thomas J. Smith, Shawn Magee declares that, “I am standing in solidarity with the survivors in the Attorney General’s grand jury report. We who were abused by priests had our childhoods stolen from us. Now we are demanding the justice we have been denied so that children will be protected in the future.”

Michael McDonnell, priest survivor and SNAP’s Philadelphia leader, says “Predators and the institutions shielding them have put the liability on victims far too long. We demand that this state’s legislature follow the recommendations set forth in the latest grand jury report on sexual abuse by the Catholic clergy. Enact a two-year retroactive window and eliminate the criminal statute of limitations for sexually abused children. Victims and survivors deserve justice now!”

About CHILD USA
CHILD USA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit located at the University of Pennsylvania dedicated to ending child abuse and neglect through research-based public policy advocacy. CHILD USA is the nation’s leading organization that tracks and advocates for access to justice for child sex abuse victims, including child sex abuse statutes of limitations in the United States and internationally. Sexual abuse and the maltreatment of children often occur in secret, behind closed doors, but have public consequences. Victims, their families, and the public pay a high price even decades after the violence ends. CHILD USA draws on the combined expertise of the nation’s leading medical and legal academics to reach evidence-based solutions to persistent and widespread child abuse and neglect. For more information, visit https://www.childusa.org.

About SNAP
SNAP, the Survivors Network, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings. SNAP was founded in 1988 by Barbara Blaine and has more than 25,000 survivors and supporters. For more information, visit: https://www.snapnetwork.org.

PRESS ADVISORY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 2, 2018

All Survivors Day
‘Save the date’ for a National All Survivors Day on November 3, 2018.

This event is designed for all survivors of sexual abuse, not just children, not just in religious communities, but everywhere, including: on college campuses, in the military, within sports, and in schools, just to name a few.

What We Propose:

A National day to recognize survivors of sexual abuse and rape

All Survivors Day, November 3rd.

It is an extension of All Saints Day November 1st, and All Souls Day on the 2nd. What follows is All Survivors Day on November 3rd.

Rationale:

The recent Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report spotlighted the horrific ubiquity of sexual abuse within one institution; it also pointed to the truth that this scourge is far-reaching, across society, organizations, and events. The horrific findings of the grand jury wholly confirm the understanding of all advocates in the field of sexual abuse and human rights—this happens everywhere—churches, universities, sports teams, military, schools.

We want to call out to victims and survivors, and say, we are with you.

We welcome your stories. We honor your courage. You are not alone.

We especially want to cultivate and create a welcoming culture where victims feel safe to step forward. As you know, most victims of sexual abuse never step forward.

National Audience:

Although this is a nationwide event, we anticipate both local and organizational adaptability. In similar fashion to Child Abuse Month, various organizations could/should organize and mobilize in keeping with their organizational mission.

Objectives:

Shine a light on the widespread sexual violence nationally and internationally.

Recognize those who have been abused and the importance of giving them support.

Protect the vulnerable, particularly children from sexual attack.

Create a welcoming culture, allowing victims to safely step forward.

Mobilize, Organize, and Inform:

A nationwide event provides an opportunity for the human rights movement to work collectively for a common agenda and action. It builds solidarity and from that solidarity builds power. This can be used to mobilize communities to take action.

A national All Survivors Day helps to inform the community and raise awareness that helps protect children and the vulnerable.

What We Need from Every Organization:

Feedback, amendments, criticisms of this action

Promotion from your organization in the forms of moral support, monetary support, promoting the event (mailing to your members and media contacts)

Extending the invitation to allies and sister organizations, gymnasts, wrestlers, local rape crisis centers, Weinstein victims, etc.

Next Steps:

Form a national organizing committee who will finalize goals, objectives, speaking points, themes, press releases, etc.

Embrace our solidarity and extend it to organizations beyond the original organizers

Tentatively, we plan to have video conference on September 17, 2018 for those interested in organizing. This will be followed by an organizing meeting the first week of October in a location to be determined. We propose Philadelphia, PA for this meeting as Pennsylvania is the locus of intense scrutiny and notice that we can build on.

Tim Lennon
President
SNAP
tlennon@SNAPnetwork.org
415-312-5820

Prof. Marci Hamilton
CEO, CHILD USA
info@childusa.org
215-539-1906

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August 14, 2018

Contact: Prof. Marci A. Hamilton, CEO, CHILD USA, 215-353-8984, marcih@sas.upenn.edu
Alix Boren, Esq., Executive Director, CHILD USA, 215-539-1906, aboren@childusa.org

CHILD USA Responds to Release of Grand Jury Report on Clergy Sex Abuse in Six Pennsylvania Dioceses

Philadelphia, PA. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has released the Fortieth Statewide Investigating Grand Jury Report on clergy sex abuse in six Roman Catholic dioceses (“the Report”), as redacted. Unfortunately, the Report is marred by redactions of the names of some of those alleged to have sexually abused children. Despite the redactions, the Report makes Pennsylvania the undisputed leader in the investigation of the facts of clergy sex abuse in the Catholic Church in the United States.

“Attorney General Josh Shapiro has released a monumental report on the clergy sex abuse that has destroyed Pennsylvania children’s lives for decades,” says Prof. Marci Hamilton, CEO and Academic Director of CHILD USA. “Its four recommendations are necessary to the protection of Pennsylvania’s children: eliminate the criminal statute of limitations, revive expired civil statutes of limitations, amend the state’s mandated reporting law so that repeated failures to report result in stiffer penalties, and treat confidentiality agreements that impede disclosure of abuse to the police as obstruction of justice. CHILD USA stands behind each and every one of these proposals as the minimum needed to move forward the project of child sex abuse prevention.”

The Report actually understates how far behind the rest of the country Pennsylvania’s statute of limitations (“SOLs”) are. It is one of the few states that has not yet eliminated at least felonies from its criminal SOLs. CHILD USA recently issued a study of statute of limitations reform since 2002, which also ranks all 50 states and the District of Columbia on the child sex abuse statutes of limitations. [Report available here]. The conclusions regarding Pennsylvania are as follows:

“Pennsylvania has yet to join the large majority of states to eliminate at least felonies from its criminal SOLs. The extension to age 50 for the criminal SOL is the only change made since 2002. The civil SOL at age 30 is increasingly short in comparison with the developments in the rest of the country. On a scale of 1-10, overall it ranks as a 5 (where 4 is the lowest combined score).

Criminal. The criminal SOL was extended in 2002 from age 23 to 30 (age of majority, 18, plus 12 years).137 Five years later, following the 2005 Philadelphia District Attorneys Grand Jury Report on sex abuse in the Philadelphia Archdiocese, it was extended to age 50.138

Civil. Before 2002, the civil SOL in Pennsylvania was age 20.139 Since 2002, Pennsylvania’s civil SOL has been age 30.140 There have been many efforts in the state to extend or eliminate it and to pass a window, but to date they have not been successful. This is so despite the fact that Pennsylvania has generated the most grand jury reports on child sex abuse in the country.141 There have been no changes in the civil SOL since 2002.”

41 states have eliminated at least some felonies from their child sex abuse statutes of limitations. [SOL Snapshot]

In a joint Amicus Brief filed last week, CHILD USA, and clergy sex abuse archive, BishopAccountability.org, filed an amicus brief urging the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to reject the arguments to suppress the identities of alleged perpetrators and to release the Report in its entirety as soon as possible. “While it is our view that redactions in such a report have no place, we are pleased that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court kept redactions to a minimum,” stated Prof. Hamilton.

The brief explains the need for grand jury reports in a state with short SOLs for child sex abuse:

“There are two proven pathways to public disclosure of child sex abuse and institutional cover-up: (1) criminal prosecution and civil lawsuits and (2) grand jury investigations. Because the vast majority of victims do not come forward in childhood, the former rests on the need for generous statutes of limitation (“SOLs”). Short SOLs short-circuit judicial disclosure of the truth. In a state, like the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, where there are short SOLs, the only path to justice for these victims and the only means of public disclosure is through the release of investigating grand jury reports. We urge this Court to continue the successful movement of truth by releasing the report of the Fortieth Statewide Investigating Grand Jury in its entirety as soon as possible.”

About CHILD USA

CHILD USA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit located at the University of Pennsylvania dedicated to ending child abuse and neglect through research-based public policy advocacy. CHILD USA is the nation’s leading organization that tracks and advocates for access to justice for child sex abuse victims, including child sex abuse statutes of limitations in the United States and internationally. Sexual abuse and the maltreatment of children often occur in secret, behind closed doors, but have public consequences. Victims, their families, and the public pay a high price even decades after the violence ends. CHILD USA draws on the combined expertise of the nation’s leading medical and legal academics to reach evidence-based solutions to persistent and widespread child abuse and neglect. For more information, visit https://www.childusa.org.

About Professor Marci Hamilton

MARCI A. HAMILTON is the Robert A. Fox Leadership Program Professor of Practice at the University of Pennsylvania. She is also a Fox Family Pavilion Resident Senior Fellow and co-chair of the Common Ground for the Common Good Project in the Program for Research on Religion in the Fox Leadership Program at the University of Pennsylvania. Hamilton is also the Founder, CEO, and Academic Director of CHILD USA, www.childusa.org, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit academic think tank at the University of Pennsylvania dedicated to interdisciplinary, evidence-based research to improve laws and public policy to end child abuse and neglect. Before moving to the University of Pennsylvania, Professor Hamilton was the Paul R. Verkuil Chair in Public Law at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University.

Hamilton is the nation’s foremost expert on clergy sex abuse and child sex abuse statutes of limitation (“SOLs”). She has been invited to testify and advise legislators in every state where significant SOL reform has occurred. She is the author of Justice Denied: What America Must Do to Protect Its Children (Cambridge University Press), which advocates for the elimination of child sex abuse statutes of limitations. She has filed countless pro bono amicus briefs for the protection of children at the United States Supreme Court and the state supreme courts. She is the co-author of Children and the Law (Carolina Academic Press 2017).

215-539-1906

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August 8, 2018

Contact: Ali Boren, Executive Director, CHILD USA, 215-539-1906, aboren@childusa.org;

Terry McKiernan, President, BishopAccountability.org, 508-479-9304, mckiernan1@comcast.net

CHILD USA and BishopAccountability.org File Amicus Curiae Brief Urging
Pennsylvania Supreme Court to Release Grand Jury Report on Clergy Sex Abuse in Six Dioceses with All Alleged Perpetrators Named Philadelphia, PA.

The Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General has produced a grand jury report regarding clergy sex abuse in six Pennsylvania dioceses, which has the capacity
to educate the citizens of the Commonwealth about the identities of child abusers and the ways in which children have been endangered. Yet, some of those who are named as alleged perpetrators and others potentially guilty of child endangerment have asked the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to block release of the Report.
In a joint Amicus Brief filed today, child protection think tank, CHILD USA, and clergy sex abuse archive, BishopAccountability.org, have filed an amicus brief urging the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to reject the arguments to suppress the identities of alleged perpetrators and to release the Report in its entirety as soon as possible.

The brief states: “There are two proven pathways to public disclosure of child sex abuse and institutional cover-up: (1) criminal prosecution and civil lawsuits and (2) grand jury investigations. Because the vast majority of victims do not come forward in childhood, the former rests on the need for generous statutes of limitation (“SOLs”). Short SOLs short-circuit judicial disclosure of the truth. In a state, like the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, where there are short SOLs, the only path to justice for these victims and the only means of public disclosure is through the release of investigating grand jury reports. We urge this
Court to continue the successful movement of truth by releasing the report of the Fortieth Statewide Investigating Grand Jury in its entirety as soon as possible.”

“Parents deserve to know who is endangering their children and how. Pennsylvanians only know about the child sex abuse in the Philadelphia and Johnstown/Altoona dioceses, at Penn State, and at the Solebury School, because prosecutors took the lead and issued grand jury reports detailing the dangers that children had suffered,” says Prof. Marci Hamilton, CEO and Academic Director of CHILD USA. So long as Pennsylvania lawmakers fail to extend the civil and criminal statutes of limitations for child sex abuse and refuse to revive the expired SOLs for the vast majority of child sex abuse victims in Pennsylvania, these grand jury reports are the only means of learning of the horrors the
Commonwealth’s children have suffered. Suppressing the identities of the alleged
perpetrators—particularly where they are not indicted simply due to the expiration of the criminal statute of limitations– re-victimizes the victims and diserves the public.”

“When added to the previous grand jury reports on the Philadelphia Archdiocese and the Johnstown-Altoona diocese, this report will mean that Pennsylvania is the first state to comprehensively study clergy sex abuse in one state,” according to Terry McKiernan, President of Bishopaccountability.org. “This is an opportunity to learn the facts and the scope of clergy sex abuse in a state that is heavily Catholic. In light of the two indictments that have flowed from the investigation, it is evident that this information is not only historically important but also relevant to child protection today.”

About CHILD USA

CHILD USA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit located at the University of Pennsylvania dedicated to ending child abuse and neglect through research-based public policy advocacy. Sexual abuse and the maltreatment of children often occur in secret, behind closed doors, but have public consequences. Victims, their families, and the public pay a high price even decades after the violence ends. CHILD USA cuts through the shame and the secrecy to gather and analyze the data behind abuse and neglect. CHILD USA draws on the combined expertise of the nation’s leading medical and legal academics to reach evidence-based solutions to persistent and widespread child abuse and neglect.

CHILD USA is the nation’s leading organization that tracks and advocates for access to justice for child sex abuse victims, including child sex abuse statutes of limitations in the United States and internationally. For more information, visit https://www.childusa.org.

About Bishop Accountability
BishopAccountability.org (BA), is a library and internet archive of the Catholic clergy abuse crisis. BA provides a public database of accused clergy, updated daily, which currently describes the cases of 4,400 accused bishops, priests, brothers, and nuns in the U.S. BA also maintains a public library of investigative reporting on the abuse problem totaling over 100,000 articles, as well as a library of reports by prosecutors, attorneys general, NGOs, and investigative bodies retained by Catholic institutions. BA’s mission is to increase public understanding of the Catholic clergy abuse problem, and to encourage transparency and accountability in Catholic institutions by providing accounts of Catholic clergy abuse and poor management practices, to the extent that these can be documented from publicly available sources.

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Contact: Ali Boren, Executive Director, CHILD USA, (215) 353-8984

CHILD USA LAUNCHES THE AMICUS ADVOCACY PROJECT, LED BY PROF. LESLIE GRIFFIN, THIS IS AN ESSENTIAL TOOL IN THE FIGHT FOR CHILD PROTECTION

CHILD USA is delighted to announce the creation of the Amicus Advocacy Project. The Project will be led by Professor Leslie Griffin, CHILD’s Director of Amicus Advocacy. Griffin, a prolific scholar, who focuses on religion, bioethics, and constitutional law, received her B.A. summa cum laude from the University of Notre Dame, her Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Yale University, and her J.D. from Stanford Law School.

Through the Amicus Advocacy Project, CHILD USA is submitting amicus briefs in important cases involving child protection. Over the course of her career, CHILD USA CEO, Professor Marci Hamilton, has submitted dozens of amicus briefs related to child protection. This new partnership enables CHILD to continue its groundbreaking work on behalf of lawyers and child advocates everywhere.

Dr. Griffin is the author of Law and Religion: Cases and Materials, now in its fourth edition (2017) with Foundation Press. She has long used her training in Law and Religious Studies to advocate rights in religious institutions for women, men, children, the disabled, and LGBTQs. She has written numerous briefs defending employees’ religious freedom as well as challenging the ministerial exception, a mistaken First Amendment doctrine that keeps too many fired employees out of court. Dr. Griffin’s role as Director of Amicus Advocacy helps ensure that CHILD USA’s commitment to civil rights is heard in courts throughout the country.

This expansion of CHILD USA’s work as the leading think tank on child protection will add to CHILD USA’s mission to help end child abuse and neglect.

About CHILD USA

CHILD USA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit located at the University of Pennsylvania dedicated to ending child abuse and neglect through research-based public policy advocacy. CHILD USA is the nation’s leading organization that tracks and advocates for access to justice for child sex abuse victims. For more information, visit https://www.childusa.org

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Contact: Ali Boren, Executive Director, CHILD USA, (215) 353-8984

LEADING ADVOCATES FOR CHILD VICTIMS ACT REJECT SEN. CATHY YOUNG’S BILL THAT WOULD USE STATE FUNDS TO SHIELD INSTITUTIONS FROM LIABILITY AND HELP HIDDEN CHILD PREDATORS REMAIN IN THE SHADOWS

Senator Young and other Republicans have Been Blocking the Child Victims Act, which Would Raise the Statute of Limitations to Hold Predators Accountable for Child Sex Abuse

Current Law Does Not Allow Victims of Child Sexual Abuse to Sue Predators After They Turn 23; Young Has Repeatedly Failed to Support the Child Victims Act, Which Would Change Statutes of Limitation to Allow Access to Justice for Victims

Young Now Introduces Bill that Will Protect Hidden Predators, Shield Institutions, and Force Victims to Continue Bearing the Vast Majority of the Cost of Child Sex Abuse

On Thursday, May 10, 2018, Sen. Cathy Young (R, Chautauqua) introduced a Senate bill to displace the Child Victims Act, and protect institutions like the Catholic Church and the insurance industry from accountability.

The Child Victims Act would raise the statute of limitations in New York to prosecute and file civil claims against predators who have sexually abused children. Young and her fellow Republicans have refused to bring the Child Victims Act to the floor of the Senate for a vote.

New York currently has the most restrictive statute of limitations for most child sexual abuse crimes of any state in the country. Victims are barred from filing criminal and civil claims once they turn 23 years old. The Child Victims Act expands the criminal and civil statutes of limitations for child sexual abuse cases and will create a 1-year “window” for previously unaddressed civil claims to be heard in court so that predators who have previously gotten away with child sex abuse crimes can be held accountable. The bill was included in Governor Cuomo’s 2018 executive budget proposal and was passed by the Assembly numerous times. The Republicans stand in the way of victims’ access to justice and fair treatment. It is widely expected that the Child Victims Act will be successful when Democrats regain control of the New York state legislature.

Young’s bill is an attempt to block real access to justice for victims and to protect the institutions that put them in harm’s way. It shifts $300 million from the New York District Attorney’s civil forfeiture fund to cover the cost of claims. As compared to other states, it is dramatically underfunded. Victims during California’s one-year window received on average $1.3 million depending on the severity of the abuse. Young’s bill would drive settlements down to $200,000, dramatically below national averages, even though New York victims need therapy and assistance in one of the most expensive states in America. Victims would continue to be forced to pay for the vast majority of the harm that the predators and institutions caused.

Instead of using these dollars to improve the state’s school system or child protective services, Sen. Young’s bill underwrites the liabilities of the institutions that have put children in harm’s way: the Catholic Church, Orthodox Jewish yeshivas, the Boy Scouts, elite boarding schools, and numerous sports organizations like USA Volleyball. It is a direct handout to the insurance industry.

The group, New Yorkers Against Hidden Predators, has been waging an aggressive campaign to pressure members of the New York State Senate in their home districts to support passage of the Child Victims Act. A Quinnapiac poll showed that 90% of New Yorkers—regardless of party—support passage of the CVA.

Marci Hamilton, CEO of CHILD USA and co-founder of New Yorkers Against Hidden Predators, says that “Sen. Young’s misguided child sex abuse statute of limitations bill should be called the Institutional Subsidy Act. It shields institutions by using state funds to pay victims. The only way to do the right thing by the victims from the past is to pass a window that revives their expired SOLs and lets them go to court. That is the tried and true method of identifying hidden child predators. This bill betrays victims. They want accountability for the abuse that happened to them. Yet, this bill would not make institutions accountable and only identify a small subset of victims, because there is no discovery.”

Kathryn Robb, survivor and Board member of MassKids, and co-founder of New Yorkers Against Hidden Predators, says “Every victim has a right to the justice system. This bill denies victims real justice, protects hidden predators and rewards the institutions that hide them. You cannot get to reconciliation without truth, and you cannot get to truth without the full flexed muscle of the justice system. Victims deserve the full justice system, not a watered down version constructed to purely to protect child rapists. New Yorkers are better than this, and it is time for our progressive Governor to finally put his real might behind Lady #MeToo Justice. If justice delayed is justice denied, then justice denied outright is the pinnacle of indignity and prejudice, and an utter disgrace for the State of New York.”

Steven Jimenez, survivor and award-winning journalist, and co-founder of New Yorkers Against Hidden Predators, says, “Republican Senator Cathy Young’s proposed bill is a desperate — not to mention disgraceful — attempt to heap more injury on New York’s victims of child sex abuse. One has to wonder whether Senator Young’s bill was ghost-written by the Catholic Conference of Bishops or her party’s leader, Senator John Flanagan, who will forever be remembered by New Yorkers for protecting hidden predators. While states across America have initiated long-overdue statute-of-limitations reform, New York continues to have the worst SOL record of all — thanks to Senator Young and her Republican cohorts who have blocked the Child Victims Act. But child sex abuse victims and their advocates will not be deceived by this latest attempt to deny victims the justice they need and deserve. The fact that Cathy Young is shamelessly attempting to protect institutions instead of children should alarm all New Yorkers, especially parents.”

About New Yorkers Against Hidden Predators

New Yorkers Against Hidden Predators (NYAHP) is committed to passing the Child Victims Act in New York and holding legislators accountable for failure to act. NYAHP is seeking to reform New York State’s antiquated child sexual abuse laws and bring to justice the hidden sexual predators that live in our communities today. 

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APRIL 25, 2018

IN AFTERMATH OF LARRY NASSAR CASE, BLUE RIBBON COMMISSION of National Experts Launched to Examine Failures of Institutions to Protect Youth Athletes
“Game Over: Commission to Protect Youth Athletes,” Funded in Large Part by $300,000 Investment from the Foundation for Global Sports Development, to be led by University of Pennsylvania-Based CHILD USA

Commission Comprised of National Experts in Child Sex Abuse, Law Enforcement, Academia, Trauma, Sports and Investigative Journalism

PHILADELPHIA, PA – CHILD USA,

The University of Pennsylvania-based think tank focused on child abuse and neglect, with $300,000 in funding from the Foundation for Global Sports Development (GSD), today announced the establishment of an independent Blue Ribbon Commission to examine the institutional responses to sexual abuse by former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar. The announcement came at the Athletes and Abuse Symposium hosted at the University of Pennsylvania, where leading national experts on sports, law enforcement, child sexual abuse, and child development convened to examine the repeated abuse of athletes across the spectrum of sports and ages.

“Game Over: Commission to Protect Youth Athletes” led by Marci Hamilton, CEO of CHILD USA and Fox Professor of Practice at the University of Pennsylvania, will have 16 members, and will immediately engage in a fact-finding exercise, before conducting public hearings to bring greater light to what happened and what went wrong in reporting. The commission expects to release a full, public report, in the beginning of 2020 with the goal of preventing abuse in the future.

“We’ve all read the headlines, we have all heard the gut wrenching witness statements from the survivors. What we need now is a comprehensive assessment of what went wrong and why,” said Marci Hamilton, CEO and Academic Director of CHILD USA. “By the time we have concluded this Commission we will better understand the institutional failings that allowed these crimes to happen and have a series of recommendations and solutions to ensure other entities and individuals don’t make the same mistakes in the future.”

“The Foundation for Global Sports Development funded this commission because we believe in the developmental benefits of sports for youth around the world,” said David Ulich, President of The Foundation for Global Sports Development and trustee of the United States Olympic and Paralympic Foundation. “Those benefits are placed at great risk when the individuals and institutions who are charged with developing and protecting our young athletes fail.”

“It goes without saying that numerous organizations and institutions were unable –or unwilling –to identify and immediately remedy the pervasive abuse executed by Larry Nassar on young athletes,” said Dr. Steven Ungerleider, Vice President of The Foundation for Global Sports Development and best-selling sports psychologist. “Larry Nassar isn’t the first nor will he be the last person to prey on young athletes, if we don’t fully examine and make serious changes to how we oversee the development of young athletes in sports.”

The sex abuse scandal centered around Dr. Larry Nassar, team doctor for USA Gymnastics (USAG) and Michigan State University (MSU), is one of the most complex in modern history, involving many institutions, coaches, and adults—all of whom failed to appropriately protect hundreds of children from sex abuse. A total of 156 women and girls testified against Nassar at his 2017-18 criminal trial, but 265 have come forward so far. Experts believe there are likely more.

This independent commission will investigate all aspects of the systems that enabled the abuse, examine how they failed, reach conclusions, and issue recommendations to prevent child sex abuse in the future. It will be composed of the leading experts in the field of child sex abuse from the medical, social science, legal, and public policy arenas, each of whom is donating their time pro bono to the project.

Key components of the commission include:

Fact-Finding, Data Collection, Searchable Data Base of All Documents. The Commission will conduct a thorough public document and media review of every aspect of each institution’s and adult’s involvement in creating a pathway for Nassar to abuse hundreds of children. Fact-finding and data collection will be managed by University of Pennsylvania-based CHILD USA. CHILD USA will also bring in experts in data collection and storage to identify research leads and to construct a searchable database of all documents, which will be released to the public upon completion of the project. The Commission will collect and analyze the data in order to independently assess the environments that enabled the abuse.

Legal and Policy Review. Upon review of the data and facts, the Commission will make specific recommendations on statutory remedies and institutional policy changes necessary to provide greater support and protection for child athletes. The Commission will conduct a thorough review of state and federal laws and institutional policies and procedures in place at each step along the way. The study of existing laws will be comprehensive, including but not limited to: state reporting requirements, child protection, statutes of limitations, and civil rights laws; federal laws including Title IX, federal statutes of limitations, and the Ted Stevens Act; and the public programs constructed to deal with children in sports, universities, and schools.

Public Participation and Transparency. This will be an open and transparent commission to ensure accountability and integrity of both the process and the findings. The Commission will provide regular public updates on its progress to ensure continued transparency. Once the data collection has been completed, the Commission will hold public hearings at the University of Pennsylvania with commission members, invited experts and witnesses, and parties involved in the Nassar case. Specifically, current and former officials from Michigan State University, USA Gymnastics, US Olympic Committee, coaches (including the Karolyis), survivors, attorneys involved in the lawsuits, and others will be invited to testify.

Upon completion of the fact finding, data collection, and public hearings, the commission will compose and release its findings to the public and policymakers. All materials gathered and testimony obtained will be archived and made available to the public.

In addition to being chaired by Marci Hamilton of CHILD USA, commission members include:

  • Steven Ungerleider, PhD, co-founder of The Foundation for Global Sports Development
  • Steven Berkowitz, MD, Associate Professor, Clinical Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine; Director, Penn Center for Youth and Family Trauma Response and Recovery
  • Pat Ciarrocchi, former CBS3 Philadelphia news anchor who has covered the sex abuse crisis in depth
  • Sharon Cooper, MD, CEO, Developmental and Forensic Pediatrics, P.A.
  • David Corwin, MD, Professor and Director of Forensic Services, Pediatrics Department, University of Utah
  • James Carpenter, Esq., Former Chief, Family Violence and Sexual Assault Unit, Philadelphia D.A. Office
  • Melissa Jampol, Esq., Epstein Becker & Green, P.C., former Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of New Jersey
  • Kathleen Coulborn Faller PhD, Professor Emerita of Children and Families in the School of Social Work at the University of Michigan; Director, Family Assessment Clinic; Principal Investigator on the University of Michigan site of National Child Welfare Workforce Institute
  • Teresa Huizar, Executive Director, National Children’s Alliance
  • Jennie Noll, PhD, Professor for Healthy Children, Dept. of Human Development and Family Studies, Penn State; Director, Child Maltreatment Solutions Network
  • Daniel Pollack, MSW, JD, Professor at Yeshiva University’s School of Social Work and a frequent expert witness in child welfare lawsuits
  • Monica Rowland, Former President, Athletes Advisory Council to the US Olympic Committee, Pentathlon Coach
  • Philip Scribano, DO, MSCE, Director of Safe Place: The Center for Child Protection and Health at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; program director of the Child Abuse Pediatrics Fellowship Program
  • Joyanna Silberg, PhD, Senior Child Trauma Consultant, Sheppard Pratt Health System; Owner, Childhood Recovery Resources; President, Leadership Council on Child Abuse & Interpersonal Violence
  • James R. Marsh, Esq., Founder, Children’s Law Center

The Advisory Committee consists of:

  • Nancy Hogshead Makar, J.D., Chair
  • Lynn Abraham, former Philadelphia District Attorney, Archer
  • Dean Colson, Esq., Colson Hicks Eidson
  • Jane Eisner, journalist, EIC, The Forward
  • Sen. Dianne Feinstein (invited)
  • Prof. Richard Gelles, University of Pennsylvania
  • Thomas Kline, Esq., Kline & Specter PC
  • Thomas Lyon, Esq., USC School of Law
  • Paul Mones, Esq.
  • Abbie Newman, R.N. J.D., CEO of Mission Kids Child Advocacy Center
  • David Ulich, Esq.; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

 

About The Foundation For Global Sports Development

Working closely with international sports federations, generous donors and committed athletes, The Foundation for Global Sports Development promotes sportsmanship, education, fair play and ethics among the world’s youth. The Foundation gives special emphasis to groups and communities that are most in need or most undeserved by current programs, including women, minorities and youth. Visit www.globalsportsdevelopment.org to learn more.

About CHILD USA

CHILD USA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit located at the University of Pennsylvania dedicated to ending child abuse and neglect through research-based public policy advocacy. CHILD USA is the nation’s leading organization that tracks and advocates for access to justice for child sex abuse victims. For more information, visit https://www.childusa.org

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