- Hardcover: 168 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (April 7, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 052188621X
- ISBN-13: 978-0521886215
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
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Justice Denied: What America Must Do to Protect its Children 1st Edition
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"Hamilton's fabulous Justice Denied: What America Must Do to Protect Its Children ought to be required reading for anyone who needs convincing that sexually abused kids deserve their day in court, no matter how old they are when they come to terms with what was done to them. The book compellingly argues that the horror of child sexual abuse will continue unless the statute of limitations is lifted on prosecution of abusers and their enablers."
--Ronnie Polaneczky, Columnist, Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News
"In Justice Denied, Professor Hamilton has demonstrated the need for states to update their statute of limitation laws to protect children from sexual predators. In most states existing SOLs shelter predators from prosecution. Her many years as a child advocate provide compelling evidence for the reason why there should be NO Statute of Limitation for child abuse. A must read for everyone interested in the safety of children."
--Joy Wuenschel, Voice of the Faithful of Greater Philadelphia, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), Justice4PAKids
"A powerful call to action by one of America's leading constitutional scholars. Hamilton makes clear what must be done if we are to prevent the continued sexual abuse of children."
--Jeff Dion, National Center for Victims of Crime
"Justice Denied is a MUST READ for ANY person wanting to protect children from sexual abuse."
--Maureen Martinez, Co-Founder, Justice4PAKids.com
"Justice Denied should be required reading for elected officials across the country. Marci Hamilton makes a compelling case that we don't need yet another registry for offenders or increase in sentencing. What we require is fundamental change in the rules that currently limit the ability of victims to seek redress in court. She shines a necessary light on who and what has prevented the implementation of those changes. This book is all about protecting kids."
--Michael Smerconish, nationally syndicated radio host, author & television personality
"My 19 years experience as Philadelphia's District Attorney taught me that most states need to reform their statutes of limitations for child sex abuse. Right now, most states let child predators off the hook as they disable child sex abuse victims from going to court. In Justice Denied: What America Must Do to Protect Its Children, Marci A. Hamilton, establishes beyond a reasonable doubt that we need statute of limitations reform to protect our children. Child sexual abuse victims typically cannot bring themselves to 'tell' about these crimes for years, even decades, and by then, the civil and criminal statutes of limitations have long since expired. Therefore, they are often left with no legal recourse to bring civil causes of action, compel discovery, or to take a case to a finder of fact. For this reason, I agree with Hamilton that we need passage of legislation allowing for civil 'windows' in every state. It is for the sake of justice, and for all such victims wherever situated, that a civil 'window' statute was, is, and remains one of my interests and goals-and an essential step. Hamilton further makes the case for why criminal statute of limitations, mandatory reporter requirements and other laws must also be strengthened nationwide. I believe that, for all who care about protecting our children Hamilton's book is required reading."
--Lynne Abraham, Former Philadelphia District Attorney
"Too many 'talk the talk' of making children a priority in society. What Hamilton has done with her book is to show a clear and simple way that policymakers can 'walk the walk'. . . [she] clearly and articulately connects the value of using civil law as a tool to protect children. "
--Ted Thompson, Executive Director, NAPSAC (National Association to Prevent the Sexual Abuse of Children)
"This brave book is one all lawmakers should read."
--Jason Berry, author of Lead Us Not Into Temptation
"In understandable, eloquent prose, Marci Hamilton makes the case for abolishing a statutory scheme that protects sexual predators and which closes our courtrooms to maltreated children. Although it is too late to claim the honor of having acted quickly to address this injustice, this book shows us how to avoid the disgrace of having never acted at all."
--Victor Vieth, Director, National Child Protection Training Center
"Hamilton is absolutely right: a vigorous and effective children's civil rights movement is long overdue . . . I applaud Marci Hamilton for leading the way with her outstanding legal scholarship, advocacy and passion for justice!"
--Eileen King, Regional Director, Justice For Children
"Hamilton provides a compelling case that demonstrates that the interests of insurance companies, unions, churches, and schools will always trump the safety of children unless we do something about it. Hamilton tells us what we can do, how to do it, and why it will work."
--Charol Shakeshaft, Chairperson and Professor, Department of Educational Leadership, Virginia Commonwealth University
"Professor Hamilton combines genuine sensitivity to the plight of survivors of childhood sexual abuse with in depth expertise in the working of the legal system."
--Barbara Bennett Woodhouse, Director, Center on Children and Families, Fredric G. Levin College of Law, University of Florida
"A powerful call to action by one of America's leading constitutional scholars. Marci Hamilton makes clear what must be done if we are to prevent the continued sexual abuse of children."
--Jeff Dion, National Center for Victims of Crime
"...Hamilton tackles the issue head-on but in language that is clearly written and not full of unnecessary legalese...I encourage you to read Hamilton's book."
---Bucks County Courier Times, Diane Shea, Langhorne, adjunct professor, Holy Family University and former director, residential services for Elwyn, Inc.
In Justice Denied, Hamilton proposes the elimination of the arbitrary barrier that has kept survivors of childhood sexual abuse out of court - the statutes of limitation. Removing this merely procedural barrier permits the millions of survivors to make public the identities of their perpetrators and to receive justice and much-deserved compensation.
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I suffered at the hands of family members and religious heathens!
With a stroke of the pen those SOL laws can be abolished.
I have waited for many years. I thought this book would start the long process of vindication for us. Like millions before and since me, we wait. Will justice ever come to us? Or will the politicians continue to aide and abet in the protection of those that harmed for life all of the little children, still hiding in the shadows, of shame and hurt.
Ms. Hamilton, will you stand for us or continue to fall for the lies and procrastinations, of your fellow colleagues in the legal realms? Will you demand justice for us and those that are being abused as I write this? Will you do for us, as you do for those you represent in a court of law? Will you do your Grandfather proud,...again? Or leave a legacy of shame for your children?
Because an innocent defenseless child is helpless to reject, deny, refuse
or, question what is taught to them by their parents; we must deduce
that the child is compelled, or forced and addicted to accept, and
believe anything their parents teach them..
So the child's only reason for believing, and repeating things taught
to them by their parents, is because they have no means by which
they can determine, or separate truth from falsehoods!
Minds of innocent children are in a formative stage, are minus critical thinking!
Therefore everything taught them must be recognized as compelling
forceful indoctrination and addiction!
Parents are first to 'deny' their child's rights to 'Justice' by forcefully addicting
them to hearsay fairy-tales and lies!
Many in the hierarchy of the Catholic Church have actively and successfully lobbied in numerous states to defeat legislation that even opens a window of opportunity for victims. Yet, Hamilton is not guilty of Church bashing. She acknowledges the role that the Church has played in this arena but points to the insurance lobbyists as the primary, albeit quieter, barrier. So too have teacher unions, some defense attorneys, and finally the many of us who might fall into the category of uniformed public, been complicit in looking out for something or someone other than children who need a voice.
Of the many arguments that Hamilton proposes, one that I support wholeheartedly is those who have been sexually abused are not likely to report their abuse until adulthood and the rate of nondisclosure is estimated to be nearly 90%. In my own research I found that over 25% of those abused by a priest did not disclose until after that age of 49. Of those abused by someone other than a priest, 28% had not disclosed until the ages of 40-49.
The benefits of abolishing the statute of limitations seem obvious. I agree with Hamilton. We will have better knowledge of those among us who have abused children. More children will have greater protection. Finally, members of the clergy are by no means the primary perpetrators of sexual abuse. No organization is exempt and sexual abuse is most often committed by a family member. We must take a stand for the civil rights of our children. As Hamilton documented, in California, where the statute "window" was enacted, only .005% of claims were found to be false and 300 new abusers were identified. Surely this is worth the cost.