Statute of Limitations Removal on Sex Abuse Cases Passed by NJ Senate
A bill removing the current statute of limitations on sex abuse cases in New Jersey passed on Thursday by the Senate Judiciary Committee. Under the bill, the statute of limitations for filing a claim against an abuser would be raised from two years to seven for adult sexual assault survivors. Minors who endured sexual assaults could file a suit up until they reach the age of 55. Both institutions who shield perpetrators and those in supervisory positions over the abusers may be held liable for the crimes committed. Individuals who know about the abusive actions and do not report them may be held liable as well. The bill would become effective on December 1, 2019. It is hoped that abusers who slipped beneath the radar due to the statute of limitations running out will be identified and persecuted for the crimes they committed.
Several states have proposed updates to the statute of limitations on sexual abuse cases. In some states, such as Pennsylvania, the vote to extend the statute of limitations did not come to fruition despite heavy lobbying but may be revisited at a later date. In New York, a revised Child Victims Act successfully passed, enabling child abuse survivors and victims more options in filing suits against their perpetrators.
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