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Posted on March 18, 2013 by Will Brownsberger on his website here
For many years, advocates for victims of childhood sexual abuse have sought to extend the applicable statute of limitations in Massachusetts, so that recovering adult victims have more time to bring civil lawsuits against their abusers.
The issue came to a head late last July, near the end of last year's formal legislative session. The House passed a bill liberalizing the rules with a few days to go in the session. Late in afternoon, on the very last day of the legislative session, the Senate President convened a discussion on the issue. Watertown Representative John Lawn, a strong advocate for reform, had educated me about the bill, and I spoke in favor trying to find a way to act on it. The Senate President asked me to lead a further conversation to sort out the options.
Keep up to date with efforts to reform the Statutes of Limitations on Child Sex Abuse across the nation
Visit the website of SOL-Reform to find the most comprehensive information about SOLs for child sex abuse for the public, the media, scholars, and survivors. This is an educational project for the media, advocates and legislators in every state related to Professor Marci A. Hamilton's scholarship and public advocacy for victims of child sex abuse.