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 assault and harassment.
A widely respected legal expert, analyst and commentator on breaking news stories, she has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, NBC, HLN, Fox, The Today Show, Weekend Today Show, Inside Edition, ABC Primetime, CBC (Canada), and hundreds of other television and radio news programs worldwide. She has given legal commentary on the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault cases and allegations, Bill Cosby sexual assault cases, the Donald Trump sexual assault allegations, the Roy Moore child sexual molestation allegations as well as other news breaking stories of the day about sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual misconduct and child sexual abuse.
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 sexual harassment, sexual assault, child sexual abuse, 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, sexual harassment, and continuous child sexual abuse.
Currently, Shari Karney is working on landmark Federal Civil Rights legislation that would provide victims of sexual assault, sexual harassment, sexual violence, civil rights protection under the United States Constitution. For the first time in history, victims of sexual assault, sexual harassment and continuous child sexual abuse would have a constitutional right to be free of sexual violence and misconduct under Karney’s historic legislation.
We are connected through the bonds of shared experience and, together we speak as one heart, one soul, one voice.
-- Shari Karney