At CHILD USA we investigate, impact, and inform the laws in America that should protect our children and their civil liberties to keep them safe from abuse. Millions of children's civil rights are violated every single day in the United States, and the statute of limitations on child abuses protects those abusers. CHILD USA’s mission is to prevent child abuse and neglect and to help kids stay kids. #SoKidsStayKids
Most states have laws giving religious exemptions to testing and screening of children. Federal law requires doctors treating children on Medicaid or CHIP to perform several tests and screenings on the children, yet federal law also allows states to offer religious exemptions. CHILD USA's research into these religious exemption laws reveals the exigency for policy that protects the health and safety of children.
Laws for Child Protection
Statutes of Limitation Reform for Child Sex Abuse
Age of Majority, Consent, and Marriage
Religious Liberty Statutes
Medical Neglect Laws
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CHILD USA is raising funds to pay for a media campaign that will educate the public on what child sex abuse survivors need, in the wake of the PA Grand Jury Report jury that exposed child abuse in six dioceses. It will feature survivors who testified to the grand jury and the lawmaker and survivor who has been leading the charge for justice in the state of Pennsylvania, Rep. Mark Rozzi.
The media campaign will show that the prayers of the clergy and bishops are not enough to stop child abuse in America. Instead, all victims of child sex abuse deserve real justice: a “window” that will revive the victims’ expired civil statutes of limitations (SOLs). This will give all victims an opportunity to come forward while the statute of limitations is suspended.
Despite the hundreds of abusers identified in the report—no victim can obtain justice in civil court. Victims need a window to shift the cost of abuse off of themselves and onto those who caused it. It’s only fair. The time has come for victims of child sex abuse to receive justice, even if the statute of limitations have expired.