• Not always reported
    June 12,2013
     

    Not always reported

    The articles in The Times Argus about the statute of limitations for charging sexual offenders of children to extend to 40 years have put the focus where it belongs on these crimes. Having worked at Vermont Social Services for 20 years and investigated hundreds of these cases, I can say for sure that children do not always report these incidents of sexual abuse when they happen.

    Extending the time limits on criminal charges for sexual offenders of children is exactly what’s needed to break the cycle of abuse. Now former victims can and will come forward and report what happened to them. This new law will give them the confidence in the criminal justice system to do just that. While putting this vital information in the newspapers and acting as advocates for children we can all support child-oriented law enforcement and stop child abuse.

    Tom King

    Shaftsbury

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