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U.S. News and World Report February 20, 2020
BY HOLLY RAMER, Associated Press
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Sexual assault victims deserve the right to come forward when they are ready, survivors and other advocates told lawmakers Thursday in support of repealing New Hampshire's civil statute of limitations for such cases.
“We stand on the precipice of an important opportunity to open the door to justice for victims of sexual abuse,” said Lyn Schollett, director of the NH Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence.
Under current law, civil claims must be filed within three years of an assault if the victim was an adult, or by the victim's 30th birthday in cases involving children. The bill before the Senate Judiciary Committee would eliminate those timelines.
The Concord Monitor February 20, 2020
For more than two decades, David Ouellette did not disclose the sexual abuse he had suffered at the hands of his priest when he was just 15.
He silently lived with the pain until 2002, the same year the Boston Globe’s Spotlight team reported on sexual assault crimes and cover-up by the Boston Archdiocese. Ouellette was driving south on Interstate 93 while listening to National Public Radio, whose program hosts were discussing the church sexual abuse scandal.
“One of the guests said, ‘For the victims that haven’t come forward yet, others will be abused by the same person that hurt you,’ ” recalled Ouellette, of Manchester, in an interview Thursday morning near the State House.
WMUR February 20, 2020
Lawmakers in New Hampshire are debating whether to remove the statute of limitations for civil cases dealing with sexual abuse and assault.
Heavy. February 11, 2020
A day before the New Hampshire primary, John Bessler spoke on his wife’s behalf at a New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic Violence event in Concord. Bessler spoke about his wife’s efforts close the “boyfriend loophole,” a gap in gun legislation that allows access to guns to abusive boyfriends. He also spoke about her efforts to improve federal laws around human trafficking and to help victims of sexual assault
Kuster Leads Bipartisan Roundtable Discussion on Access to Shelter & Affordable Housing for Survivors
Press Release February 7, 2020
Washington, DC – Today, the Bipartisan Task Force to End Sexual Violence, led by Representatives Annie Kuster (D-NH), Jackie Speier (D-CA), David Joyce (R-OH) and John Katko (R-NY), hosted a roundtable discussion on ensuring access to shelters and affordable housing for survivors of sexual and domestic violence. .
The Task Force was joined today by:
-Marie Linebaugh, Program Director at the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence
-Monica McLaughlin, Director of Public Policy at the National Network to End Domestic Violence
-Koube Ngaaje, Executive Director at the District Alliance for Safe Housing
-Sally Santangelo, Executive Director at CNY (Central New York) Fair Housing
The Concord Monitor February 6, 2020
Childhood sexual assault survivor Tina Smith is frustrated that issues central to the fight against domestic and sexual abuse – including economic empowerment, transitional housing and prevention education – are often absent from presidential candidates’ stump speeches and the national debate stage.
“My true passion is to make sure that what I experienced as a victim doesn’t happen to another little girl,” Smith said during a recent interview in her hometown of Concord. “I want to hear or know that they share my concerns.”
Smith has been attending a series of candidate forums hosted by the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence since last summer. She has asked pointed questions and offered a little education, too.
The New York Times February 5, 2020
All that should be part of the attorney general’s investigation, said Lyn Schollett, executive director of the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence.
“The prospect that an abusive adult continued to work with children for decades is incredibly alarming," she said. “It speaks to the need for ongoing training and oversight of any institution where children live.”
WMUR January 23, 2020
"No child should go to school or go to debate practice or go to their soccer team worried about the sexual advances of the person in charge of their school or team," said Lyn Schollett, of the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence.
US News and World Report January 23, 2020
Lyn Schollett, the Coalition’s Executive Director, said current law fails to recognize that kissing is predatory behavior that adults use to groom young people for abuse and that school personnel have a unique level of access to and control over students.
“This bill addresses a common, purposeful and deeply dangerous behavior of sex offenders where they intentionally seek out environments with children, in which they have authority over children, to sexually abuse them, and then use that authority to ensure that child will remain silent,” she said. “As a society, we owe it to all children who we should be protecting to keep dangerous predators away from them.”
Union Leader December 29,2019
Amanda Grady Sexton, director of public affairs at the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, said the increase was troubling.
“We should all be alarmed by the number of individuals who killed people in New Hampshire in 2019,” she said.
While most domestic violence homicides are committed by men, society still tends to focus on the victims’ actions, Sexton said.
“We ask why she didn’t leave the relationship and talk about how she attracted the wrong kind of men,” she said. “Rarely do we ask men why they are abusive in their homes, why they won’t stop using violence, or what’s preventing them from getting help.”