Fundamental Scandals

Moses Farrow and the Statutes of Limitations

gavel smashing clock and scattering it - time conceptMoses Farrow disputes the account of his sister being molested by Woody Allen.

From the article in Mediaite:

“She loved him and looked forward to seeing him when he would visit,” Moses said of his sister Dylan. “She never hid from him until our mother succeeded in creating the atmosphere of fear and hate towards him. The day in question, there were six or seven of us in the house. We were all in public rooms and no one, not my father or sister, was off in any private spaces. My mother was conveniently out shopping. I don’t know if my sister really believes she was molested or is trying to please her mother. Pleasing my mother was very powerful motivation because to be on her wrong side was horrible.”

The truth is something those of us in the court of public opinion will never know. I won’t speculate. Like I said in this previous article, I’m standing up for Dylan more than I’m attacking Woody Allen. Proof is not necessary to give emotional support to a victim, but if she takes it court, that will be another matter.

This is America, after all. Anyone can sue anybody for any reason.

I do find it interesting reading some articles, like this one by Lisa Bloom,  which suggest that the statutes of limitations is the reason Allen cannot be prosecuted. After talking with so many victims over the years, specifically in the realm of sex abuse in fundamentalist churches and children’s homes, I am surprised by how many attorneys have gone forward with cases in spite of the statutes of limitations.

Even in the Bob Gray case, which was the origin of my blogging on this subject, the attorney Adam Horowitz filed civil suits, on behalf of victims, that were clearly outside of the statutes of limitations. The reason possibly being an attempt to prove conspiracy on the part of the church to keep victims from reporting within the acceptable SOL. Or maybe he was just taking a chance and shooting the moon? To my knowledge (and I am not a lawyer), this has never worked but that doesn’t stop certain attorneys from trying.

Federal courts seem to operate under a different set of rules. In a federal case, a complaint can be filed within the longer of 10 years or the life of a victim.

From http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/RL31253.pdf:

The child protection section, 18 U.S.C. 3283, permits an indictment or information charging
kidnaping, or sexual abuse, or physical abuse, of a child under the age of 18 to be filed within the
longer of 10 years or the life of the victim.

Check with your lawyers first, since I am not one. It seems to me that someone in Dylan’s position (and considering she has not reached 30 years of age) might be able to find a sharp, creative lawyer who could take this to court and at least get compensated for the cost of all the medical and psychological care she has had to get over the years.

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