child abuse and the statute of limitations
January 24, 2008 10:23 AM Subscribe
Questions about child abuse and the statute of limitations (unpleasant details inside)
posted by prk14 to human relations (19 answers total)
My wife (age 24) recently admitted that between the ages of 6 and 12 when she visited her grandparents every summer she was regularly molested by one uncle and raped on occasion by another.
Obviously I was shocked to hear this but I have no reason to doubt her and her behavior fits the pattern that is displayed by victims of such crimes.
These events happened between 1989-1995 in Montana. I know that the perpetrators still have children in their own houses and at least one of them shows signs of abuse (i suspect of sexual nature).
A couple of questions. Now that my wife has finally shared this with me what type of legal recourse do we have against her child rapist uncle and her child molesting uncle? Is there a statue of limitations on such crimes and is it even possible to prove anything at this point?
Also, what do I do about my cousin-in-law who lives with the molesting (not the raping) uncle? Is it my place to blow the whistle? If anything like what happened to my wife is happening to him I cannot just stand by and let it happen. Just not sure how to go about it or who to call.