“I hate I worked that hard and here we are,” said Sen. Greg Kirk, R-Americus, as the clock was running out. While presenting it on the Senate floor, the licensed professional counselor had shared anecdotes about two clients, a “man’s man” and a “big, strong tough guy,” who only opened up later in life about molestation that had driven them to dysfunctional behavior.
“It’s a very under-reported crime,” Kirk had said.
Over in the House, Spencer tried to assemble a conference committee to negotiate a compromise. It came too late to the Senate, where, after 11 p.m., attempts to move back the deadline failed.
The bill died as the session ended at midnight.
Spencer said his opponents “slow walked” the bill, exploiting the chaos of the legislative session to kill it. “They knew how to play the game,” he said. The state will continue to be one of the worst in the nation for adult survivors of child sex abuse, he said, as well as a hub for child sex trafficking.
“This is not a proud moment for Georgia.”