No Statute of Limitations on Sexual Child Abuse

by Slyvia
(Michigan, USA)

As a mother I watched my daughter struggle for many years. Seeing her go from a bright, out-going, talkative little girl to a withdrawn, terrified, and quiet little girl. Wondering for years and asking after asking if someone had hurt her. Seeing her go through convulsions, seizures, black outs, constantly being in the nurses office at school. It took 6 years due to threats by her abuser for her to come forward. I never once dreamed that someone in my own family could do this. Let alone a female. My daughter, while

in the hospital after speaking with a Physicians Assistant on one of her many visits via the emergency ambulance, the P.A told her she "had something that she was keeping far back in her mind" and needed to speak of it. She finally confessed to me that her cousin who was 15 at the time, did sexually molest her. What was even more shocking to me was that her cousin was a female, and the things that she did to my daughter, did scar her for life. She'll never forget the stalking and threats at school, she'll never forget what that sick molester did to her and the even sadder thing is that there have been other children who have come forward only to have their parent's keeping them from saying anything because they feel "you don't report family". It is wrong that she is allowed to continue to molest children and since she was a minor when my daughter was molested it is even harder to get her prosecuted, this was a violent rape and assault, not just a touch and a touch would have been bad enough. Molesters get worse over time, and now she has her own child. We pray every night for that little boy because he is at the disposal for his own mother to molest him. My heart cries for him and for my daughter and all these years of her suffering. She is finally getting better, and has improved talking
about it. I'm pushing the fact that under-age molesters should be treated as adults and also that there should not be a statue of limitations in the state of Michigan when it comes to under-age molesters prosecution. No one has the right to do this to ANYONE!!!!! I thank God for his justice and know that even if our failing judicial system doesn't do anything, that when they get to the gates of heaven that God will have his justice upon their souls. This web-site is very wonderful and yet so heartbreaking.

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Jul 03, 2011
by: Darlene Barriere - Webmaster

My heart goes out to you and your daughter, and to all the victims of this female sex offender. Yes, indeed, females CAN and ARE sex offenders. I too would be concerned about the well-being of her son. Society has difficulty believing that woman can be sex offenders (although they have no problem believing that men can be) because it tears at the fabric of who we are as a civilization. After all, how can the nurturers, the caregivers, the very gender that gives birth to the children possibly do such heinous acts to children. But they DO. And now it's time society see this as the reality it is. I will also say this, while not all child victims go on to offend, when children are sexual offenders, they themselves have been sexually offended against in some way. This reality must be addressed as far as the statute of limitations goes. There should not be a statute of limitations against offenders who sexually assault children. I bring this up, not because I'm excusing what happened to your daughter (there can be no excuse for the brutal way in which your daughter was treated) but rather because bringing light of understanding to the situation might be helpful for you, helpful in dealing with the pain you're suffering. And I feel your pain in every word. Please consider some form of counselling for yourself in order to help you deal with that pain. Both you and your daughter deserve to be out of pain. Thank you for sharing your story with my visitors and me.

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