Tag Archives: Child Sexual Abuse Legislation

The Legislative Horizon

By Stephanie March While there has been progress in the justice system regarding child abuse legislation, there is still a very long way to go. Victims and survivors of child abuse and human trafficking are often faced with barriers in obtaining justice. Not only is the process consuming and traumatic for the survivor but it is limited by time constraints. The statute of limitations in most states prevents many adult survivors from obtaining closure through the justice system. By the time the child grows up …

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Supreme Court allows child abuse disclosure to teachers as evidence

By Sam Hananel for ABC News Statements that children make to teachers about possible abuse can be used as evidence, even if the child does not testify in court, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Thursday. The ruling is expected to make it easier for prosecutors to convict people accused of domestic violence. The justices said that defendants don’t have a constitutional right to cross-examine child accusers unless their statements to school officials were made for the primary purpose of creating evidence for prosecution. The …

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Awareness must lead to prevention

Blog by Joanne Johnson Often, child sexual abuse is only discussed by the media after something goes horribly wrong. All one has to do is Google it to read about the most recent child sexual abuse horror stories. Awareness is a significant part of ending child sexual abuse, but for it to be effective, we must take action. It’s important to remember that child sexual abuse can be prevented. Our conversations about abuse don’t have to revolve around the “aftermath” of a particular case.  It is …

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