The above link is the link to the news story that aired last night.
There are many reasons why a Sex Abuse Victim/Survivor may not come forward in a timely fashion. The abuser may be in a position of authority or power, the damage that is done to the Victim because of the abuse, the sensitivity of the issue, the concern about attention that will be brought upon other family members just to name a few.
In 1992 the time limit for reporting Sex Abuse was removed but Utah Courts are using the Ex Post Facto Provision in both the US and Utah Constitution, that says "If an act is committed before it is made illegal, an individual can not be punished for said action", as an immunity defense.
This makes no sense because these crimes WERE punishable crimes before 1992. The only change to the statute was the time limit restriction in reporting the crimes, which would seem to open the door for crimes committed at any time. to be reported and prosecuted.
In my personal case the perpetrator (a retired School Teacher) still works with children and those who participated in the cover up are not being held accountable. I have been told by Law Enforcement that it was my duty to come forward in a timely manner. In fact I did tell other Employees of the School about the abuse. What about the duty of those Employees to inform Law Enforcement and my Parents about my accusations?
Other States have made specific changes to their statutes that say, "persons or entities can not use tolling as an excuse to be immune to legal action for sex abuse of a child."
Please tell Utah Law Makers that not making a provision for pre-1992 Survivors is participating in Sex Abuse and it's Cover-Up
This makes no sense because these crimes were punishable crimes before 1992. The only change to the statute was the time limit given in reporting the crimes, which would seem to open the door for crimes committed at any time to be reported and prosecuted.
Instead, Survivors whose crimes occurred before 1992 have been cast aside with no chance for Justice and sex abuser's and those who helped cover up the abuse are, in a sense, being protected. Some of these abusers are still out there preying on new victims.
Other States have made specific and special provisions that say, "persons or entities can not use tolling as an excuse to be immune to legal action for sex abuse of a child." Many have also included a provision that allows for an individual to come forward when they discover the abuse and or the effects of the abuse, sometimes many years after they have been abused.
It's time for Utah to do the same.
It is said, when an Abuse Surviver comes forward and is not heard, it is like they are being abused all over again. Please give sex abuse victims who were abused before 1992 a voice by advocating this change.