There was an important observation made in the PDN article Expert: Many victims don't report sex abuse for years (Shawn Raymundo, June 11, 2016) featuring the observations of Healing Hearts Program Manager Maresa Aguon.
"According to Aguon, she’s never worked with an adult survivor who sought restitution for what happened to him or her."
It is important because this is the FIRST thing the deniers try to claim: that the victims are just trying to get money. This is FALSE. Neither Roy, nor Walter, nor Doris, nor any of the other victims I have worked with want anything other than for Apuron to publicly acknowledge what he did to them so that he will never have an opportunity to ruin children in secret again. That's it.
This is important because Vice-Speaker Cruz claims his 2011 bill was neutered by the elimination of the "deep pockets" provision which allowed victims to sue not just the perpetrators themselves but institutions. His main contention was that no victims came forward after the passage of his bill because without the deep pockets of institutions, no attorney would take the case.
I do not want to have to keep bringing up the Vice-Speaker's failed effort, but it I just heard it brought up again, and it MUST be engaged.
If other victims are led to think that they cannot come forward because no attorney will take their case then those victims may never come forward and suffer the rest of their lives.
Maresa Aguon's professional and educated observation is critical to what is going on right now. If you are a victim, and all you want is what Roy, Doris, and Walter want, then we can help you. Contact me, or have a third party contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will put you in touch with the same people who are helping those who have already come forward. We want to help and we WILL.