Abused Swimmer Jancy Thompson in Sacramento Tuesday For State Senators’ News Conference on Bill Extending Statute of Limitations in California

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Concussion Inc. is the middle of a series chronicling the sexual molestation of former swimmer Jancy Thompson by her coach Norm Havercroft, and the cover-up by USA Swimming of Havercroft’s serial crimes. Links to the first two articles in the series are at the bottom of this post.

Tomorrow the brave Jancy Thompson will join Senators Jim Beall and Ricardo Lara at a State Capitol news conference to support proposed legislation extending the statute of limitations for child sex abuse survivors. Here is the complete announcement.



SACRAMENTO – Survivors of childhood molestation will join Senators Jim Beall and Ricardo Lara at a Tuesday news conference to voice their support for SB 131, legislation that extends the statute of limitations for victims to file lawsuits against their abusers.

If SB 131 is approved and signed into law, it would eliminate the statute of limitations for actions that occur after Jan. 1, 2014. The bill contains a retroactivity clause for some categories of cases prior to Jan. 1.

Beall, D-San Jose, is SB 131’s principal author and Lara, D-Long Beach, and Assemblymember Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, are both co-authors.

WHAT: Justice for Victims of Childhood Sex Abuse

WHEN: 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, April 16

WHERE: State Capitol, Room 112

WHO: Senators Beall and Lara

Charmaine Carnes, Anne Malver, and Monica Lenches recall the abuse they suffered as children at a gymnastics club and the problems they face as adults in seeking justice.

Chris Schrader, now in his 50s, still struggles with the physical and psychological trauma that had been inflicted on him as a boy by an abuser.

Jancy Thompson hoped to become an Olympic swimmer when she was 15 until her life was made extraordinarily difficult by the alleged predatory sexual behavior of her coach.

Irwin Zalkin is a respected attorney from San Diego who specializes in sexual abuse cases and will address technical questions about the bill.





* “Introducing Our Series on Miscarriage of Justice in Cover-Up of Coach Norm Havercroft’s Molestation of Swimmer Jancy Thompson — And Need to Change Sex Abuse Laws in California and Elsewhere,” April 12, https://concussioninc.net/?p=7343

* “Abuse Evidence Is Clear (Part 2, USA Swimming’s Cover-Up of Norm Havercroft’s Molestations of Jancy Thompson),” April 14, https://concussioninc.net/?p=7350

* PENN STATE IN THE POOL: The Cover-Up of the USA Swimming Youth Coach Sex Abuse Scandal, http://amzn.to/If3OFQ, https://concussioninc.net/?page_id=5578

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