better protect children from sexual crimes by eliminating statute of limitations

better protect children from sexual crimes by eliminating statute of limitations

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Robert Philips started this petition to Tennessee State Representative Representative Mark White on behalf of Tennessee Citzens

Children are inherently vulnerable to sexual crimes committed by adults who are in a position of supervision, authority or leadership over them.  When adults in a supervisory, authoritative or leadership position abuse this position and commit any type of sexual offense against the inherently subjugated and vulnerable child they furthermore have an opportunity use the inherent dominance to prevent the detection, discovery or reporting of the offense.

Children exploited and abused by adults in a supervisory, authoritative or leadership position over them, particularly if they are 13 years of age or younger, may suffer lasting psychological pain, emotional damage, and behavioral consequences due to the offenses and also the inability to seek protection and justice both at the time of the offense and often for many years thereafter.  Perhaps the most painful situation may occur if the child was also subjected to incidental threats or acts of physical abuse that would have the affect of further subjugating them and / or curtailing their will to seek protection, relief, and justice.

Therefore we believe that any adult in a supervisory, authoritative or leadership position over a child under the age of 13, who commits any type of sexual offense against a child under the age of 13, should be charged with the most serious and aggravated level accorded to the offense as recognized in our legal code, and furthermore that the child should not be restricted by elapsed time or any statute of limitations in presenting a charge for the offense and seeking unmitigated justice.

Furthermore if the child suffered threats or physical abuse, whether an isolated incident or a protracted pattern, the abuse must not necessarily occur at the precise date or occasion of the sexual offense to further elevate the seriousness of the offense, especially in cases when the child was under 13 and under the supervision, authority or leadership of the defendant charged with a sexual offense and / or ancillary threats and / or physical abuse.

 

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