Bill would extend statute of limitations for filing child sex abuse lawsuits
By the Associated Press
June 18, 2014
BOSTON — The Massachusetts House has approved a bill to extend by more than 30 years the statute of limitations for victims of childhood sex abuse to file lawsuits against their alleged attackers or the institutions that employed them.
The measure passed Wednesday on a unanimous vote and now goes to the Senate.
Current state law only gives victims until age 21 to file civil actions against alleged abusers. The bill would raise that age up to 53.
The proposal would also increase from three years to seven years the period in which a lawsuit can be filed after the recovery of so-called repressed memories of childhood abuse.
State Rep. John Lawn, a Watertown Democrat who sponsored the bill, said it strikes a balance between the rights of victims and those of defendants.
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50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
The Attorneys General of forty states have inquired about the grand jury process in Pennsylvania. Let's get statewide investigations going in fifty states.
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