Shari Karney is an attorney, on air legal pundit, author, speaker and entrepreneur. The captivating NBC movie “Shattered Trust: The Shari Karney Story” starring Melissa Gilbert, followed Karney’s story involving sexual abuse as a child to championing the rights of women and children as an attorney and pioneering legislation across the country that changed the law for survivors of sexual abuse.
A widely respected legal expert, analyst and commentator on breaking news cases, she has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, NBC, HLN, Fox Television, Inside Edition, CBC (Canada), and hundreds of other television and radio news programs. She was a legal expert on the Penn State child sexual assault trial, and gave commentary on the Jerry Sandusky Trial, Penn State, on the Jon Benet Ramsey Child Murder sexual assault trial, Casey Anthony Murder Trial and Menendez Brothers’ Beverly Hills Murder child sexual assault trial.
Recently Shari Karney consulted with the California Women’s Law Center on the “Cosby Bill” to eliminate the criminal statute of limitations for victims of rape, sexual assault and continuous child sexual abuse, to give victims the justice they so desperately seek and have too long been deprived of in California. Governor Jerry Brown signed the legislation into law (SB 813) on September 28th, 2016.
It can take years for victims of child sexual abuse, rape, and sexual violence, to feel strong enough to take action so that their perpetrators are held accountable. Legislation SB 813 gives victims a chance to have their day in court.
Karney would like to eliminate both the criminal and civil statute of limitations nationwide for victims of sexual assault, rape and continuous child sexual abuse.
Currently, Shari Karney is working on a historic landmark legislation to amend Title 18 of the United States Code to protect the human and civil rights of victims of sexual assault, rape, and continuous childhood sexual abuse. For the first time in history, victims of sexual assault, rape, and continuous child sexual abuse, would have their rights constitutionally protected under the same chapter that protects other human rights.
We are connected through the bonds of shared experience and, together we speak as one heart, one soul, one voice.
-- Shari Karney