Courts and Procedure Is it any wonder that Avengers: Infinity War has set records at the box office as you can see here and here. Good battles evil and we know who is good and who is evil. How comforting that is in the MeToo era when the men we revere turn out to be small and evil. These are perilous times for fighting evil as admired and beloved heroes are falling from grace at a frightening pace. In mere hours, he went from hero to madman who allegedly drunkenly and maniacally attacked women.
The men who are the enemies of the vulnerable in real life preen and brag just like Thanos. When first accused publicly of sex assault, Cosby sued 7 of his accusers for defamation.
And they have lame underlings who throw whatever they have at the heroes as well. The forces of evil never give up, either. They try to belittle the victims. It is supposedly a safe place now. Shapiro said there were other victims, but they were out of statute—of course. The youth of this victim gives a lie to the typical line by the bishops that this is all behind them.
Access to Justice There is one superpower the victims need to defeat the evil of their attackers and the secrecy that has been foisted upon them: Most missed the central access-to-justice story at the Cosby trial: Andrea Constand was the only victim out of the dozens that have come forward against Cosby to be in statute so that criminal charges could be brought, and she almost missed the deadline by mere months.
This was a day for all women we were told. Those other women only were able to exult because one woman barely made it under the wire to press charges. This was an opportunity to educate on the shortcomings of the law. Had Constand not made the deadline, Cosby would still be out there declaring his innocence and the victims would still have the pall of unproven claims against an iconic figure wafting over their heads.
That means that Cosby will sit in jail while his hundreds of millions appreciate outside. Camille will be able to count their riches while the victims are forced to bear the costs of the abuse themselves. That is not justice. Of course, the powers-that-be like the status quo, and so they fight dirty to keep the SOLs that maintain the balance of power in their favor.
Yet, the lineup of the powerful to defeat modest SOL reform is stunning: This is despite the experience of SOL reform in other states, which disproves their specious arguments.
Those facts tell you that the sky does not fall when the victims are empowered and the evil held to account.
Quite to the contrary. Facts empower the victims, and access to justice is their superpower. Statutes of limitations make absolutely no sense in cases of sex assault unless you want Thanos to win due to a technicality.