Michigan Senate passes legislation to extend lawsuit filing age for abuse survivors
LANSING, Mich. — Survivors of abuse could be given more time to sue their abuser under new legislation passed by the Michigan Senate on Wednesday.
The current cutoff to file a lawsuit in Michigan against an abuser is a maximum age of 28, which was set as a standard following the conviction of former USA gymnastics doctor and serial sexual abuser Larry Nassar.
New legislation passed overwhelmingly Wednesday would raise the age to 52, which lawmakers said is the average age a child sexual assault survivor would report the abuse.
Of every 1,000 sexual assaults, 975 offenders will walk free, according to data from the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network, or RAINN.