Everyday thousands of children are being sexually abused. You can stop the abuse of at least one child by simply praying. You can possibly stop the abuse of thousands of children by forwarding the link in First Time Visitor? by email, Twitter or Facebook to every Christian you know. Save a child or lots of children!!!! Do Something, please!

3:15 PM prayer in brief:
Pray for God to stop 1 child from being molested today.
Pray for God to stop 1 child molestation happening now.
Pray for God to rescue 1 child from sexual slavery.
Pray for God to save 1 girl from genital circumcision.
Pray for God to stop 1 girl from becoming a child-bride.
If you have the faith pray for 100 children rather than one.
Give Thanks. There is more to this prayer here

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Wednesday, 9 December 2015

$3.5m Award to Child Sex Abuse Survivor Reduced to $250k by Stupid Law

SUNBURY, Ohio (WCMH)–The Ohio Supreme Court will hear arguments next week in a case that challenges the constitutionality of the Ohio law that limits compensation for childhood victims of sexual abuse.

Sunbury Grace Brethren church
At the center of the case is Jessica Simpkins, who was 15 years old when she was raped by her pastor at Grace Brethren Church in Sunbury.

The pastor, Brian Williams, went to prison.

A Delaware County jury awarded Simpkins more than $3.5 million for pain and suffering. But her attorney, John Fitch, says the award was reduced to $250,000 because that’s the maximum for damages under the state law.

Simpkins says she suffers from post-traumatic-stress-disorder and relives the events in her head several times a week.

“It seems like I can’t go a day without thinking of it,” Simpkins said.

And now, Simpkins believes she is being re-victimized by the state law that caps damages for pain and suffering at $250,000.

$250k, after lawyers take their cut leaves, if she's lucky, one or two years wages. But many child sex abuse survivors are incapable of having successful careers and their potential income may be severely limited. To me $3.5m seems a little excessive but is certainly much closer to what is fair than $250k.

Fitch says the law, as it applies to cases of childhood sexual assault, is bad public policy.

“The child gets very little out of the case under this current law,” Fitch said. “The larger question is why are we capping damages against those who commit such violent and heinous acts.”

The Ohio Chamber of Commerce has been a strong supporter of tort reform in Ohio and setting caps on damages. President Andy Doehrel says businesses need some type of certainty.

“If you don’t have that type of certainty, one – you can’t cover it with insurance and, two- you won’t be able to stay in business,” Doehrel said.  “Because as soon as a case hits and you’ve based it (the law) on outliers that have huge awards, companies can’t survive that kind of thing.”

The law makes exceptions for catastrophic injuries. Fitch believes there should also be an exception for cases like Jessica Simpkins.

“We think that if you rape a child that’s a catastrophic injury to the child even though the child doesn’t have a scar or some physical deformity,” Fitch said. “Abusing a child is a bad thing. We don’t want to discourage the rights of the child to pursue the abuser or those who have acted in concert with them – that’s bad public policy.”

The Ohio Supreme Court will hear arguments in the case Dec. 15.