NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 13: Bobby Davis looks as on attorney Gloria Allred speaks at a news conference with Mike Lang (not seen) at the Renaissance Hotel in New York Times Square on December 13, 2011 in New York City. The men are being represented by Allred in a suit against Syracuse University, and its former assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine, for his alleged sexual molestation of Davis and Lang over twenty years ago. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
Sometimes it feels like ever since the Bernie Fine scandal broke, we've done nothing but watch this entire sad saga move further and further away from its purpose. At times, it seems like the only thing to come out of it has been the worst-case scenario.
People lying about being sexual abuse victims.
That it's just about money.
That it will turn us into a witch hunt society.
Unlike the Jerry Sandusky situation, this one isn't easy to define. And if the only thing that comes out of it is money changing hands, then what was the point of ever going public with it in the first place?
Today, Bobby Davis and Mike Lang promoted a bill that would extend the statute of limitations on child-molesting and open a one-year window for victims to sue no matter how old the allegations are.
The bill, being proposed for the fifth time, would allow victims to report child molesting up to the victim’s 28th birthday — – five years later than the law now allows. It would apply to civil and criminal cases.
The bill would also create a one-year window for victims to sue their abusers, regardless of when it happened. California and Delaware have allowed for similar windows, resulting in hundreds of lawsuits, many against the Roman Catholic Church.
And finally, we have something that when we look back on this time and this scandal we can point to as proof that we actually used it for some form of good.
Of course, the bill still has a long way to go before passing and has had a lot of trouble in the Senate previously. However perhaps they can figure out a way to satisfy everyone and increase protection for future victims of sexual abuse.
If only we could focus all our efforts on this instead of trying to bilk Jim Boeheim for money, but, perhaps that's the trade-off we're gonna have to be happy with for now. At least until that gets thrown out and we can finally focus on what matters again.