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New Legislation Would Allow Child Sex Abuse Victims More Time to Prosecute Abusers

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If new legislative reform makes its way to Albany, New York, adult child sex abuse victims there may be able to file civil lawsuits against their perpetrators.

Children’s advocates are hopeful that this will be the year that the bill–which failed four times over opposition from some Catholic and ultra-Orthodox groups–will be passed. The legislation would allow countless lawsuits against Orthodox and Catholic institutions accused of failing to report child sexual abuse to the proper authorities to progress, according to The Jewish Daily Forward.

In New York, the statute of limitations for criminal and civil charges is to the victim’s age of 23. Child abuse experts say it often takes much longer for victims to understand and come to terms with what happened to them, and then to build up the courage and determination to take the case to court, which can re-traumatize them. This year, a dozen states have considered extending or lifting the time limits for abuse victims to pursue criminal cases, and some have already done so. Some states are also considering bills that would allow victims a short window of time in which to pursue retroactive claims, The Jewish Daily Forward reported.

breakinglawsuitnews.com disclaimer: This article: New Legislation Would Allow Child Sex Abuse Victims More Time to Prosecute Abusers was posted on Friday, March 8th, 2013 at 10:01 pm at breakinglawsuitnews.com and is filed under Other Lawsuits.

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