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law25n-3-web-300x200Why will Dylan Farrow never be able to bring her father Woody Allen to court for allegedly sexually abusing her when she was 7-years-old?

Why is Bridie Farrell unable to press charges against Olympic speedskater and former US Speedskating President Andrew Gabel for allegedly abusing her when she was 15?

Both of these men are protected by statutes of limitations.
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31xp4-cosby-master675-v3-300x200“I’m not here looking for a quick buck,” says 39-year-old Michael DeSantis, who as a child was raped by many of the priests in his Colonie, NY parish. “I don’t want your dirty money. All I’m asking for is a day in court.”

Like many underage victims of sexual assault, Mr. DeSantis’ feelings of fear and shame kept him from talking about his experiences until years later. However, the statute of limitations in New York made it impossible for him to take on his rapists in civil or criminal court after he turned 23.

“I said, ‘Huh? What do you mean? You’re kidding me!’” Mr. DeSantis said of the day he learned from Albany prosecutors that he would be unable to hold the church or the priests accountable. “I mean, these guys are just going to get away with it?”
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2An-Itinerary-for-a-Fun-Family-Day-in-Philadelphia-7e90abfebb7c4eadaf06433a937b02c6-300x199While big cities like New York, Los Angeles and Chicago are often associated with the threat of violent crime, none of these cities made this year’s Most Dangerous Cities List.

The list, compiled by neighborhood search engine NeighborhoodScout, is based on the most up-to-date reports of violent crimes from all law enforcement agencies. Violent crimes include “murder, rape, armed robbery, and aggravated assault,” meaning that theft and burglary data is not taken into consideration.

Small and mid-sized cities dominate the 2016 list. With a population of 680,250, Detroit, MI–the third most dangerous city in America–is one of the largest cities included. Detroit averages just over 20 violent crimes per 1000 residents every year. For comparison, the national average is 3.72.
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