Monday, August 04, 2008

Tues. Panel Marks Year of Child Victim's Act

Tues. Panel Marks Year of Child Victim's Act
The News Journal - August 4, 2008

Survivors of child sexual abuse, advocates and lawyers will participate Tuesday night in a panel discussion marking the first year of Delaware's Child Victim's Act passed by lawmakers in 2007.

The event begins at 7 p.m. at the Bernard and Ruth Siegel Jewish Community Center in Talleyville.

Panelists include Joelle Casteix, a survivor and southwest regional director of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests; Charles F. Gallagher III, deputy district attorney of Philadelphia; Marci A. Hamilton, law professor and author; Valerie Marek, executive director of Survivors Of Abuse in Recovery (SOAR); and Vicki Polin, survivor and director of the Awareness Center.

The Child Victim's Act eliminated the state's two-year civil statute of limitations in cases of child sexual abuse and opened a two-year window, during which civil claims that would have been barred by the former time limit can be filed. That period ends July 10, 2009.

The discussion is presented by the National Association to Prevent Sexual Abuse of Children.

The Jewish Community Center is at 101 Garden of Eden Road, off Concord Pike.

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