A Florida law that limits the time when sex abuse may be reported has led to the suicide of a victim and blocked imprisonment of a perpetrator. Chris Haman, 26, shot himself fatally in the head in Miami after learning that Frederick Irizarry, 35, would not serve prison time for sodomizing him repeatedly more than a decade ago.
Irizarry yesterday accepted a plea deal of 10 years probation, the Miami Herald reports. In Florida, if a victim of sexual abuse is 12 or older, the statute of limitations runs out four years after the victim turns 16. Haman’s family wants to see that law changed. “You killed my son,” said Greg Haman, Chris’ father, during the sentencing hearing.
Marjorie Lipton, a psychotherapist with the Journey Institute, a Miami counseling center that specializes in treating victims of sexual abuse, said about a third of the adult survivors she sees attempt suicide. At least 60 percent think about it.