Lawmakers are enabling sexual predators
Words cannot describe the depravity of Arthur Gannon’s crimes against the two young sisters he has been convicted of abusing. But he was only convicted because of uncommon luck.
Gannon’s victims kept their silence for a decade. That’s a long time, but the trauma of child sexual abuse is so great survivors need, on average, 21 years before they can talk about their abuse. In New York, most victims lose their right to press charges on their 23rd birthday due to a statute of limitations on the crime.
That means if Gannon’s victims had been a little older at the start of their abuse, or if they had kept their silence just a little longer, he would still be on the street. And he would have had company; experts say 90 percent of sex offenders never see a day behind bars for their crimes and statutes of limitations are the most significant reason.
1 in 5 New York Kids Are Sexually Abused. Help Prevent That
The CDC reports that 1 in 5 children are sexually abused.
9 out of 10 of the perpetrators are never brought to justice and never appear on sex offender registries.
They are protected by New York State laws.
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