Thursday, May 10, 2012

What the New York Times Fails To Mention About Catholic Church and Hawaii's New Statute Of Limitations Law For Sex Abuse Claims

The New York Times had an Editorial on Sunday called  More Time for Justice. As usual the NYT is ignoring some glaring facts as to these bill that would extend the statute of limitations for civil lawsuits filed by alleged child victims of sex abuse.

That is the the GOVERNMENT is again in most cases exempting themselves. Media Report hit on this at  Running on Empty: NY Times Editorial Now Calls for the Catholic Church to be Bankrupted. Why the New York Times think that public schools and various other Government run facilities that have children under their guard should be exempt they do not tell us. However I suspect Teacher Unions were not disappointed in this outcome.

The latest Hawaii law is mentioned as a great thing to follow. But guess who is exempted.

From Report from the House Minority: House Democrats vote to exempt the state from stricter laws against the sexual abuse of minors

A Republican proposal to make state and county entities subject to the same liability as private organizations in child sexual abuse cases and provide equal protection to public school victims of sexual abuse was defeated today by the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives.

The Republican Caucus attempted to amend Senate Bill 2588 SD1 HD3 a bill which would extend the statute of limitations for civil actions brought by persons subjected to sexual offenses as a minor if the abuse took place in a non-government entity. The Republican amendment would have extended the statute of limitations for child victims of sexual abuse in government entities as well.

The introducer of the amendment, Rep. Gil Riviere of Oahu's North Shore said, "I ask, is there a difference if a child is molested in a public school? Is that different from a child being molested in a private school? You all know the answer. There is no difference to the trauma brought to the child. There can be no justification for excluding the state."

A previous draft, Senate Bill 2588 SD1 HD2, explicitly included the state and counties in the extended statute of limitations. However, that version failed to pass out of the House Finance Committee and was amended to explicitly exclude the state and counties.

"True leaders would not exempt themselves from a law they are creating for others to follow," said Rep. Kymberly Pine, Minority Floor Leader. "This biased legislation demonstrates a lack of transparency and leadership by the Majority."

To say the least that is outrageous.

I found a copy of the final version of the law itself which was just signed by the Governor.

As you see the exemption is there.

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