March 13, 2014
Contact: Kath Cummins
The National Center for Victims of Crime extends its support to adult survivors of child sex abuse in Georgia who are denied justice because of arcane statute of limitations laws.
At an Atlanta press conference today, these men will speak out about the abuse they suffered at the hands of a karate instructor. This man continues to teach young children in Georgia despite claims against him of sex abuse being found credible by a Georgia District Attorney.
The victims will warn parents that their children are at risk, and they will call on the Georgia legislature to act to protect the public by reforming the civil statute of limitations to ensure that perpetrators of child sex abuse are identified and brought to justice.
"These victims are brave enough to stand up: why won't Georgia legislators stand with them and put protecting children before protecting predators?" asked Jeff Dion, Deputy Executive Director of the National Center for Victims of Crime.
Representative Jason Spencer (R-Woodbine) sponsored legislation which would extend the civil statute of limitations for child sex abuse, but that bill did not advance during this legislative session.
"This important bill would allow more victims to hold accountable both perpetrators, and the institutions who shelter them," Mr. Dion said.
"We will continue to support Rep. Spencer's legislation because the more victims who come forward, the greater chance we have of uncovering abuse that falls within the criminal statute of limitations," he said.
The press conference will take place Thursday March 13 at the Georgia State Capitol Rotunda at 1:30pm.
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For more information on Statute of Limitations reform in Georgia and other States, see http://sol-reform.com and http://victimsofcrime.org/our-programs/child-victims-act
The National Center for Victims of Crime, established in 1985, is the nation’s leading resource and advocacy organization for crime victims and those who serve them. For more than 25 years, the National Center has led this nation’s struggle to provide crime victims with the rights, protections, and services they need to rebuild their lives.