New York Daily News: Walk for a Window across the Brooklyn Bridge Represents a Turning Point for Children's Civil Rights

The Walk for a Window next Sunday across the Brooklyn Bridge is in support of survivors of child sex abuse, but just as important, it is a turning point in the emerging global civil rights movement for children. Not long ago, women and children belonged to their husbands and fathers. They were, in a word, legal property. In the 20th century, first women attained the status of persons with a right to vote and then children started to emerge from behind their skirts as persons. When a woman or a child was property, what was done to them, even if Read More …

BishopAccountability.org: The Information Blackout in New York

As a researcher, transparency advocate and Catholic, I am struck by a particular result of New York’s unusually short civil statute of limitations for child sex crimes. New York’s religious institutions are able to maintain an information blackout about abusive clergy. In New York, boys and girls who are sexually assaulted have only until age 23 to bring civil action against their perpetrators, and only until age 21 to sue employers who enabled their perpetrators. And the statute grants none of the exceptions common in many other states. Only Alabama, Michigan and Mississippi restrict victims as severely. From our vantage point as researchers and librarians Read More …