Today is the deadline for attorneys to submit their suggested redactions to a 456-page investigation into the history of child sexual abuse within the Archdiocese of Baltimore. It’s one of the final steps before Baltimore Circuit Court Judge Robert Taylor releases the long-awaited report that details the “sexual abuse” and “physical torture” of more than 600 children and teens at the hands of 158 Catholic priests over eight decades.
The Baltimore Banner assembled this timeline of events leading up to, what we hope will be, the passage of the Child Victims Act which will permit survivors to bring causes of action against predators and their enablers.
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There is some information that needs to be set straight, though. The Banner reports that on December 19, the Maryland Catholic Conference announced it will support legislation that erases the statute of limitations for future victims to sue the church. People who are abused as children can file lawsuits until they are 38 or within three years of an abuser’s criminal conviction.
Yea, that’s all well and good, except for the fact that it is now clear the Church is staunchly against the legislation. The Church has been sending emails to its parishioners and others asking them to call their legislators to advocate against the bill.
Don’t be fooled by the veneer of accountability. True justice will come when this bill is passed, the Church accepts culpability, and survivors will have access to the courts.
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