Shari Karney

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Shari Karney ( is a victims’ rights attorney who represents victims of sexual assault, sexual abuse, rape, child sex abuse, and sexual harassment. She is a survivor of child sexual abuse, childhood rape, campus sexual assault, and workplace sexual harassment. As an activist, she founded and is the president of ROAR As One, a nonprofit whose mission is “Justice for survivors.” Karney is a member of the State Bar of California and made legal history when she pioneered landmark legislation in California that changed the laws for victims of child sexual abuse, extending the statute of limitations. She helped spearhead the movement that held the Catholic Church responsible for the sexual abuse of children by priests and nuns. Her work on behalf of sexual assault victims was the subject of an NBC-TV Movie called Shattered Trust, The Shari Karney Story. “Shattered Trust” was one of the ten most watched television movies on NBC. She has been a guest on Oprah, HLN/CNN – The Ashley Banfield Show, The Today Show, Weekend Today Show, ABC Primetime with Diane Sawyer, CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, NBC, Entertainment Tonight, CBS Evening News, and many other television, radio and podcast shows. She earned her B.A. from UCLA, graduating summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and got her J.D. from Loyola University School of Law in Los Angeles.

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  • ""As a child, I was raped by a family member against my will. If I had gotten pregnant I would have been forced to give birth to my rapists/incest predators child. I would have been enslaved both by the rape and incest, then by the state refusing me an abortion.

    States, Congress, and the legal system, if you ban abortion for rape and incest, do something for incest and rape victims. Pass laws that eliminate statutes of limitations for child sexual abuse, both criminal and civil, and punish perpetrators. Pass laws that allow adult rape victims, to pursue both civilly and criminally, their rapist without arbitrary statutes of limitations. Overhaul the criminal and civil justice system as it applies to sexual violence victims, so the system doesn’t re-traumatize the victims. And certainly, don’t punish the incest/rape victim who finds herself pregnant by forcing her to give birth to a baby she doesn’t want, can’t raise, and can’t take care of. "

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