Catholic Diocese of Honolulu Sued for Alleged Sex Abuse 2/21/13

[posted 2/22/13; updated 2/24/13]
The following is from “Six Hawaii residents sue Catholic Church for alleged sex abuse” (Star-Advertiser/Associated Press, 2/21/13). Similar cases could be brought under SB 2588 even if the Statute Of Limitations had previously run, up until April 2014. SB2588 was authored by Sen. Maile Shimabukuro and signed into law on 4/24/12:

Hawaii residents who were victims of sex abuse at the hands of clergy are suing the Roman Catholic Diocese of Honolulu and related religious institutions.

The six plaintiffs want the church to implement specific policies to stop abuse from happening.

extends the statute of limitations for civil actions brought by persons subjected to sexual offenses as a minor against the person who committed the act. -Authored by Sen. Maile Shimabukuro, signed into law 4/24/12

extends the statute of limitations for civil actions brought by persons subjected to sexual offenses as a minor against the person who committed the act. -Authored by Sen. Maile Shimabukuro, signed into law 4/24/12

The suit filed today asks the church to create a hotline for victims. It also requests the church to release victims from confidentially requirements in past abuse settlements.

The plaintiffs believe such policy changes will encourage more victims to come forward.

Attorney Randall Rosenberg said this is the first clergy abuse lawsuit filed in Hawaii he knows of that asks the church to make policy changes rather than just compensate victims.

Diocese spokesman Patrick Downes declined to comment.

Click here to read the article on the Star-Advertiser site.

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