Minnesotans in new book on Catholic Church sexual abuse scandal

ST. PAUL, Minn. — As the state Legislature nears a vote on a controversial bill that would give victims of sexual abuse more time to sue, a new book chronicles the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church, including some key characters and cases from Minnesota.

Some victim advocates are pursuing legislation to remove statutes of limitations in abuse cases, a step they see as a final frontier in the reckoning they seek with the church.

The Child Victims Act before the Senate would drop Minnesota's statute of limitations for civil suits involving child sexual abuse. The House version would create a three-year window for victims to bring old cases.

In Minnesota, victims of childhood sexual abuse must file civil suits before they turn 24 - a stricter threshold than many states. Four states have eliminated statutes of limitations for these kinds of cases, and three others have opened windows for victims to file.

It's impossible to know how many cases may have been blocked by the statute of limitations, said Michael D'Antonio, author of "Mortal Sins: Sex, Crime and the Era of Catholic Scandal." His book tells the story of s...


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  • Lani Halter
    commented 2013-04-20 13:05:32 -0500
    April 20, 2013

    I hope and pray that the supporters of this proposed new legislation are able to be victorious on behalf of victims and get it passed into law.
    To quote this SNAP article, the actual entity taking up this particular “battle” in favor of the Child Victims Act in Minnesota is: “…the National Center for Victims of Crime. Deputy Executive Director Jeff Dion anticipates spending $95,000 to lobby for the bill. Dion believes it has a very good chance of becoming law in Minnesota.”
    Thank you to all SNAP and other supporters involved for working to get this legislation passed. It is so very obviously, needed.

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