Posts Tagged civil lawsuits

Catholic church leaders fight efforts to open old child sexual assault cases / North Country Public Radiio

There is a growing effort around the country to make it easier to prosecute or bring civil lawsuits against people who sexually abuse children. Many states have already extended or eliminated the statute of limitations for reporting sex crimes against kids.

“But the push to punish pedophiles has met fierce opposition from Roman Catholic organizations, who say they could be unfairly targeted and their institutions could be bankrupted.

“These proposed laws don’t just target pedophile priests …”

By Brian Mann, North Country Public Radio — Click here to read or listen to the rest of this story.

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Massachusetts on Verge of Extending Statute of Limitations an Additional 32 Years

Bill Extends Time Limit on Sexual Abuse Lawsuits

The Massachusetts Legislature is on the verge of finalizing a bill that will give alleged child sexual abuse victims an additional 32 years to file civil lawsuits, a move one specialist said will open the door to thousands of new cases.

“The bill would extend the statute of limitations for filing suits against alleged perpetrators and, in future cases, the people or institution supervising them. Under the legislation, the victims would be able to file suits up to age 53, instead of the current limit of age 21.”

By Travis Anderson, Derek J. Anderson and Jennifer Smith, The Boston Globe — Click here to read the rest of this story

On June 19, 2014, CORSAL (Coalition to Reform Sex Abuse Laws) issued this press release: Statue of Limitations Bill Passes Unanimously in House and Senate, Advocates and Church Leaders Arrive at Compromise

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Catholic Church Lobbies to Avert Sex Abuse Lawsuits / Los Angeles Times

At the height of the clergy sex-abuse scandal in 2002, Catholic leaders stayed silent as California lawmakers passed a landmark bill that gave hundreds of accusers extra time to file civil lawsuits. The consequences were costly. Now, state legislators are considering a bill that would give some alleged victims more time to sue. But this time, the church is waging a pitched battle in Sacramento to quash it.” By Ashley Powers, Los Angeles Times

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