Statute of limitations for sexual abuse of minors should be abolished, say Belgian politicians
Share article:
Share article:

Statute of limitations for sexual abuse of minors should be abolished, say Belgian politicians

"Party politics do not play a role here. This is something we can accomplish together," said Van Peel and Crombez.

Two members on opposite sides of the federal parliament have announced that they want to work together to abolish the statute of limitations for sexual abuse of minors.

On Wednesday, centre-right Valerie Van Peel (N-VA) and leader of the socialist party John Crombez (SP.A) have prepared a legislative proposal, that they will file as a priority in the Chamber Commission of Justice. Child abuse is, more than other crimes, a crime that only comes up many years later, resulting in the perpetrator often going free, Van Peel and Crombez said, reports VRT NWS.

The statute of limitation for sexual abuse of minors is currently 15 years in Belgium, but many victims take years before they are ready to tell their story. “Partly due to that limitation period, too many perpetrators go free and feel untouchable,” said Van Peel, who testified of her own abuse two years ago.

Van Peel and Crombez point out that the abuse often does not stop with one victim. “Offenders often go further and further,” they added according to Het Nieuwsblad.

“Party politics do not play a role here. This is something we can accomplish together,” they said, asking all other parties to back their proposal.

Translation of tweet: “Victims of sexual abuse as a child should have a safe environment to gather evidence in. There should not be a deadline. Perpetrators must be more easily convicted. At any time.”

Maïthé Chini
The Brussels Times

Latest news

Mayor wants to close two Brussels bars where alleged sexual assaults took place
Ixelles' Mayor Christos Doulkeridis (Ecolo) said that he’d like to close the two bars that employed a man accused of raping multiple patrons, ...
‘Untenable’: Mayor says situation at Brussels North station is out of control
The situation at Brussels North Station is no longer tenable, Schaerbeek's mayor Cécile Jodogne (Défi) says. Drug dealing, homelessness, ...
Suicide second-leading cause of death among European youth
Suicide is the number two killer among young people living in Europe, a recent Unicef report on the state of their mental health found. The ...
‘Too little, too late’: Brussels mayors criticise CST implementation
After a two week delay, the Covid Safe Ticket (CST) will become mandatory in several situations in Brussels from today (Friday). Some mayors blame a ...
Sciensano expert warns of rising Covid-19 cases this winter
The return of colder weather and the relaxing of health measures are giving rise to new Covid-19 contaminations and hospitalisations around Belgium, ...
Hospital food is making you sick, Belgian study shows
Eating hospital meals results in a measurable decline in health, according to a report from the Flemish television network VTM, which paints a ...
Belgium in Brief: Supply Issues
There are few things more jarring than walking into a store and finding that the shelves are empty, be that partially or otherwise. One thing ...
Stolen Magritte painting on display for first time in ten years
Surrealist painter René Magritte's work "Olympia", which made headlines across the world when it was stolen from a museum in Belgium in 2009, will be ...
Brussels airport pilots ’15 minute’ PCR test
Brussels Airport has announced that it will soon begin a trial of an ultra-fast PCR test able to detect Covid-19 in 15 minutes, a far faster ...
Over 1,000 demonstrators march in Brussels following sexual assault allegations
Around 1,300 people gathered in Ixelles on Thursday night to march against sexual violence, according to reporting from Bruzz. The march was ...
Covid Safe Ticket mandatory in Brussels, but no fines yet
The Brussels-Capital Region will expand the use of the Covid Safe Ticket (CST) from today (Friday), but it will take a few days before rule-breakers ...
Belgium hosts ‘farewell party’ for Merkel today
Angela Merkel will be in Belgium on Friday for an official visit as a symbolic "farewell" before leaving her position as German Chancellor after 16 ...