NEWS—Statute of Limitations Laws

State-by-state Changes to Statute of Limitations Laws

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Arizona Lawmakers Again Decide Not To Extend Statute Of Limitations For Child Sexual Abuse Survivors

Victims of child rape and sexual abuse won’t get more time to sue their assailants, at least not this year. On Thursday Rep. Regina Cobb, R-Kingman, refused to allow a vote on the measure in the Senate Appropriations Committee which she chairs.    READ FULL STORY
Source: KJZZ


Maryland Delegates Consider Statute of Limitations and Child Sex Abuse Case

WASHINGTON — Advocates and child sex abuse survivors will stand before members of the Maryland House of Delegates on Thursday to testify. The judiciary committee will have a bill before them that would remove the statute of limitations for all child sex abuse cases.    READ FULL STORY
Source: WUSA9


New Law Ends Statute of Limitations on Child Sex Abuse in Montana

A bill to change Montana’s child sexual abuse laws, including lifting the statute of limitations for prosecuting such crimes, was signed Tuesday by Gov. Steve Bullock.     READ FULL STORY
Source: The Independent Record

New Jersey

N.J. Gives Sex Abuse Victims Sweeping New Ability to Sue

New Jersey victims of sexual abuse now have more time to file civil lawsuits against their alleged abusers under a landmark bill Gov. Phil Murphy signed into law Monday. The measure, which takes effect Dec. 1, not only lifts the existing two-year statute of limitations for future claims, but it also creates a two-year window for people who did not file before their time window expired.    READ FULL STORY
Source: WHYY


New York

New York Passes Child Victims Act, Allowing Child Sex Abuse Survivors to Sue Their Abusers

The Child Victims Act will allow child victims to seek prosecution against their abuser until the age of 55 in civil cases, a significant increase from the previous limit of age 23. The bill also includes a one-year window during which victims of any age or time limit can come forward to prosecute.    READ FULL STORY
Source: CNN


Clergy Abuse Victims are Divided on How to Secure Right to File Lawsuits

HARRISBURG — When child sexual abuse victims and their advocates reunited on the Capitol steps last month to rally for the right to sue their violators, something didn’t look quite right. Glaringly absent was state Rep. Mark Rozzi, a Reading Democrat who has for years been the Legislature’s loudest advocate for changing the law to give older victims of childhood sexual abuse two more years to bring civil claims. The idea has gained urgency amid the child sexual abuse scandal rocking the Roman Catholic church. Mr. Rozzi’s absence hinted at a divide that has emerged between the lawmaker and some in the victim community who once considered him their champion. Those victims, advocates, say, now feel betrayed and abandoned by him.    READ FULL STORY
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


Bill Extending Statute of Limitations on Child Sexual Abuse Crimes Likely to Become Law

A bill that would extend the statute of limitations on child sexual abuse crimes in Tennessee is headed to the governor’s desk. The Tennessee General Assembly passed the legislation Thursday, the final day of this year’s legislative session. It is expected to become law since Gov. Bill Lee said Thursday evening during a news conference that he has no plans to veto any bills that made it out of the state legislature.     READ FULL STORY
Source: Tennessean


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