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Marci Hamilton in Today’s Post-Gazette

What America Must Do to Protect Its ChildrenMarci has been very busy lately. After her Washington Post chat yesterday, she is now appearing in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Expect to hear more from her as she works towards justice for victims of sexual abuse, advocating the elimination of statutes of limitations and allowing victims to make their cases when they are ready.

A number of states have legislation pending like the legislation supported by Chesley that I mention in the following column published by the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. He is part of the growing national grassroots movement to open courthouse doors to child sex abuse survivors.

Seeking justice for childhood victims
Al Chesley stands up to admit he’d been sexually abused — and to point out flaws in our laws
Wednesday, April 09, 2008

By Marci A. Hamilton

Al Chesley, a former standout linebacker at the University of Pittsburgh who went on to a notable professional career with the Philadelphia Eagles, broke through several barriers at once when he announced recently that he had been sexually abused as a teenager. At 50 years old and only after the death of his mother, he dramatically made the point that most survivors of childhood sex abuse need decades to come forward, at which time it can be too late to find justice.

Read the rest of the article here.

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