The Program in Law and Public Affairs will host a live recording of Book TV on C-SPAN2 featuring Marci A. Hamilton, Visiting Professor and the Kathleen and Martin Crane LAPA Fellow at Princeton University, on Wednesday, May 28th at 4:30 p.m., in Wallace Hall 300. This event is free and open to the public. Professor Hamilton will discuss her timely new book, Justice Denied: What America Must Do to Protect Its Children (Cambridge 2008). Barbara Blaine, president of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), will introduce Professor Hamilton.
Recent events such as the raid on the polygamist Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS) sect in Texas resulting in the removal of over 400 children for fear of rampant abuse, and the Pope's visit to the United States, in which he directly addressed the ongoing clergy abuse scandal in the Catholic Church, have brought the once-taboo subject of childhood sexual abuse to the forefront. But despite increasing awareness of the problem, the U.S. has not succeeded in establishing an effective means of deterring and preventing it, leaving the children of today and tomorrow vulnerable.
In her book, Professor Hamilton predicts a coming civil rights movement for children and explains why it is in the interest of all Americans to allow victims of childhood sexual abuse this chance to seek justice when they are ready. She proposes the elimination of the arbitrary barrier that has kept survivors of childhood sexual abuse out of court – the legal statute of limitation. Removing this merely procedural barrier permits the millions of survivors to make public the identities of their perpetrators and to receive justice and much-deserved compensation. Standing in the way, however, are formidable opponents such as the insurance industry and the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church.
Marci A. Hamilton is an internationally recognized constitutional law expert specializing in church/state relations, and a tireless crusader for children’s rights. She is a Visiting Professor and the Kathleen and Martin Crane Fellow in the Program in Law and Public Affairs at Princeton. Professor Hamilton has represented numerous survivors of childhood sexual abuse, particularly those involving circumstances where the abuse was made possible by religious organizations. In recent weeks, she has appeared on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” “World News with Charles Gibson,” “CBS Saturday Morning,” and CNN.com to comment on the recent FLDS case and the Pope’s visit to America. Professor Hamilton holds the Paul R. Verkuil Chair in Public Law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University, and is the Founding Director of the Cardozo Intellectual Property Law Program. She is the author of Justice Denied: What America Must Do to Protect Its Children (Cambridge 2008) and God vs. the Gavel: Religion and the Rule of Law (Cambridge University Press 2005, 2007). She is also a columnist on constitutional issues for www.findlaw.com. Professor Hamilton clerked for Associate Justice Sandra Day O’Connor of the United States Supreme Court and Judge Edward R. Becker of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. For more on Marci Hamilton, see her LAPA profile.
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