Bill extends time limit on sexual abuse lawsuits
Would let alleged child victims file until age 53By Travis Andersen, Derek J. Anderson and Jennifer Smith | GLOBE STAFF | GLOBE CORRESPONDENTS JUNE 20, 2014 http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2014/06/19/senate-passes-bill-give-alleged-sex-abuse-victims-more-time-file-lawsuits/m91An2iTb0EZSPdsioS4eI/story.html
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.
The Senate passed the measure Thursday, after it was approved by the House Wednesday.
Statute of Limitations Bill Passes Unanimously in House and Senate Advocates and Church Leaders Arrive at Compromise June 19, 2012, BOSTON, MA – Behind-the-scenes diplomacy over the past several months among legislators, legal experts, child advocates and Church officials has resulted in a bill that will finally provide civil relief for victims of child sexual abuse who were previously time-barred by law from filing charges against their alleged abusers. The bill moved quickly through the Judiciary Committee, championed by Senator William Brownsberger, recently appointed Senate Co-Chair of the Committee. House sponsor Representative John Lawn shepherded it through to the House where it was passed unanimously on Thursday. Late today, the Senate also confirmed its unanimous support. The bill, which includes an emergency provision, will go into immediate effect upon Governor Patrick’s signing and he is expected to do so.
Any child 18 or younger who is abused after the law goes into effect…
This week, a research study out of the Department of Mental Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health revealed that the lifetime economic burden of child sexual abuse (CSA) is over $9 billion. This estimate took into account the major costs associated with CSA such as health care costs, productivity losses, child welfare costs, special education costs, and death/suicide costs. (Letourneau, E., et al., 2018).
In the time of #MeToo and #TimesUp, we must not forget the tiny voices of children who experience sexual abuse. Thank you to researchers Letourneau and Mercy for continuing to shed light on child sexual abuse and its consequences.