We have a chance to support justice and take corrective action. The Violence Against Children Act 2006 (VACA) is now before our elected government leaders. Without the passage of this new legislation, victims of sex abuse crimes will be left without resources, left alone to face a lifetime of emotional, physical and mental disabilities, without resources and due process.
As a country, we are fighting a war against terrorism, constantly evaluating the laws that protect our environment and screaming from mountain tops that the United States of America is a free country, that all persons are granted equality, free from discriminations.
Unfortunately, we forgot and/or allowed Freedom of Religion and other abuses of the legal system, to interfere with the administration of justice and who suffered? Children and vulnerable adults who were sexually abused and because they lacked resources, were denied administration of justice, free from intereferences.
The Violence Against Children Act of 2006
Purpose: To better protect children from childhood sexual abuse, to better inform and warn the people of sexual predators who prey on children, and to better ensure that perpetrators and those who facilitate such abuse are deterred and punished.
(b) information on the identity of those who are convicted of crimes of childhood sexual abuse.
(c) information on pending charges or indictments involving crimes of childhood sexual abuse.
(d) tracking of interstate movement of persons convicted of childhood sexual abuse crimes, including the transportation of underage girls for the purpose of marriage and statutory rape.
(e) a register of all civil cases filed involving charges of childhood sexual abuse.
(3) Conditions on federal spending for health to encourage states to enact legislation necessary to protect children from childhood sexual abuse. The effects of childhood sexual abuse cost the United States health care system millions every year. States that do not deter childhood sexual abuse through reasonable statutes of limitations on criminal prosecution and civil liability are adding to the burdens already placed on federal health funding. The Secretary shall withhold ___ per centum of the amount required to be apportioned to any state under [relevant sections dealing with health and welfare funding, including Medicare and Medicaid] on the first day of each fiscal year immediately following a year in which the state has not enacted the following minimum provisions necessary to ensure basic protection of children against abuse:
(c) retroactive abolition of statutes of limitations under state law for a minimum of two years for all civil claims arising out of past incidents of childhood sexual abuse, to be effective through at least X years from the date of enactment of this act;
(d) mandatory reporting by all professionals, including clergy, of any personal knowledge of child abuse gained within the scope of their employment; and