by Nick Delgado
Guam - The Committee on Public Safety is holding a public hearing tomorrow on several pieces of legislation. Bills 33 and 34 deal with the statute of limitations for sex crimes involving minors, as well as Bill 41 relative to bullying, cyberbullying and sexting. The measures were all introduced by Vice Speaker BJ Cruz and received major support during a roundtable briefing held at the Guam Legislature this past week.
Josh Tenorio said, "Minor victims of crime have significant challenges acknowledge that the crime occurred and then having recourse through our criminal system to file charges against their perpetrators, with Sarah Thomas Nededog adding, "We who work in the field for many years know that the probability of re-offending is very high and if they are pedophiles, the probability of them getting treated is very low."
Phil Tydingco added, "People today become involved or communicate to each other in a manner that's harmful to themselves, to society through electronic devices and so we need to have our statue catch up especially as it relates to harassment, staking, cyberbullying."
The National Center for Victims of Crime Statistics shows that 32 states today have no statute of limitations. The hearing will begin at 9am tomorrow morning at the Legislature's Public Hearing Room in Hagatna.