Massachusetts Set to Change Statute of Limitations Laws

Monday was a big day for sexual abuse survivors and their families in Massachusetts. Governor Patrick found a bill on his desk that would extend the statue of limitations for sexual abuse crimes. To act in the service of justice for thousands upon thousands of survivors, he just has to sign it. This bill has taken years of negotiations, but…

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Survivor – Erin Merryn

 Fast Tube by Casper Listen as Erin tells her story to an audience of 350 people on how she was abused and silenced as a child. Find out how Erin broke her silence and went after a law to protect children across America in her new book: AN UNIMAGINABLE ACT. [AMAZONPRODUCTS asin=”0757317561″ desc=”0″] By sharing her personal journey through the…

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Survivor – Matthew McVarish

For the last two years, I’ve been plotting a secret dream: to bicycle around the United States and stop in every State Capital to meet legislatures, to celebrate survivors and – most generally – raise awareness while reducing stigma attached to being a child sexual abuse survivor. That dream was reignited when I read about our next survivor: Matthew McVarish….

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2013: The Year in Review for Child Sex Abuse Victims’ Access to Justice

By: MARCI A. HAMILTON Reposted from SOL Reform Child sex abuse victims, their families and friends, and, frankly, everyone except perpetrators and those who enable them, should be pleased about the progress toward victims’ access to justice in 2013. This past year, the pace of the movement quickened remarkably. Sadly, though, religious groups have gone back to the drawing board to…

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Keeping Your Child Safe on the Internet

I had just begun high school when my family bought its very first home computer and signed up for AOL. I remember how exciting the internet was, and how I could find anything. I would walk around my boring neighborhood and memorize URLs from advertisements on the sides of buses. It wasn’t that I was interested in looking up information…

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What Should I Do If My Friend Is Being Sexually Abused?

Dear one, I’m sorry that your friend is experiencing this, but I am glad that s/he shared this with you. Trust me when I say that that wasn’t easy for your friend to share. Neither you nor your friend need to go through this alone. You’ve already done the best first step: You Listened! One of the most important things that you can…

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Book Review: “Ghosts in the Bedroom: A Guide for Partners of Incest Survivors”

Ghosts in the Bedroom: A Guide for Partners of Incest Survivors By: Ken Graber, M.A. 146 pages – published 1991  The resources available to partners of survivors a few and far between, and yet, there are almost as many partners of survivors as there are survivors. A partner of a survivor is a part of the healing process by virtue…

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Statute of Limitations Reform

Child Sex Abuse Is An Enormous National Problem It is estimated that one in four women in this country have been sexually abused as a child, and one out of every five men. Compounding the problem is the simple fact that the vast majority of sexual abuse – some studies putting the number at 90% – never gets reported. Even…

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Organization: SOL Reform

SOL Reform www.sol-reform.com Spearheaded by reformer Marci Hamilton, SOL Reform is working for one thing: reforming statute of limitations laws state by state. A statute of limitations (or SOL), simply, is the maximum amount of time one has to bring a lawsuit from the time of the injury or other ground for a lawsuit. SOLs vary from state to state and…

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Book Review: “Bastard Out of Carolina”

“Bastard Out of Carolina”  By: Dorothy Allison 336 pages – published 1993 – *trigger warnings* Born in 1950s rural South Carolina, a sensitive girl nicknamed Bone fights the label “bastard” from the time she is born to her 15-year-old unwed mother. With a certified “ILLEGITIMATE” stamp on her birth certificate, Ruth Ann Boatwright (Bone) grows up in the heavy-drinking, brawling Boatwright…

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