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Should NY Discriminate against Sex-Abuse Victims?

My column this week, up at Townhall about a proposed NY law that would lift the statute of limitation for civil lawsuits for sex-abuse victims for one year for religious and other nonprofits — but not for public schools:

Why are public schools being protected? It’s not because sex abuse by public school teachers is rare. In just the last few weeks, for example:

. . . .there is Daniel Acker, 61, the swim coach at Frank Lloyd Wright Middle School in West Allis, Wis., who was arrested on felony sexual assault charges stemming from a 2005 incident with a 15-year-old boy.

But significantly, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, “A man in his 40s had told police that day that Acker sexually assaulted him from 1971 to 1976, when he was from 11 to 15 years old. Since then, at least three other men in their 40s — including one who lives in Tennessee — and a 19-year-old man have told police they had been sexually assaulted by Acker when they were minors.”

Under laws like those being pushed in the New York Legislature, victims like these will be discriminated against. Why?

Are we talking justice for victims, or is this political payback time for religious institutions alone?

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