Effective October 1, 2017 Maryland has expanded the statute of limitations for victims of child sex abuse to file civil lawsuits against abusers and those that knowingly or intentionally allowed the abuse to occur.
Changes to Pennsylvania statute of limitations laws in child sex abuse cases being considered by PA lawmakers again. In the 2017 legislative session, the House and Senate are considering two versions of statute of limitations laws changes.
On December 9, 2015, the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) voted and approved to give 44 entities in PA $3.4 million in grant funding from the Endowment Act Fund. This grant is the first found of grants to come from a $48 million fund endowed by Penn State as a result of the […]
Earlier this year, Pennsylvania’s highest federal court (3rd Circuit Court of Appeals) asked the Pennsylvania (state) Supreme Court to answer a question about defamation and the defense of judicial privilege. See Schanne v. Addis, August 17, 2015. The question was raised in a defamation lawsuit filed by a former Montgomery County, PA high school teacher […]
The Civil Rape Shield Law – Protecting Sex Abuse, Assault Victims in Civil Lawsuits For over a year, New Jersey legislators have been considering the Civil Rape Shield Law. This law would mirror a rule of evidence in criminal cases which prevents a victim’s past sexual history from being admitted as evidence at trial. More: […]
Roadblocks to Justice – Statute of Limitations Laws Child molesters often hold a tremendous power over their victims. Abusers are often family friends and people in positions of authority like teachers, members of the clergy, even police officers or medical doctors. That’s why it can take a victim years, if not decades, to come forward […]
More States Changing Statute of Limitations Laws in Civil Child Sex Abuse Lawsuits The statute of limitations in child sex abuse cases varies from state to state. Some are two years from the date the victim discovers they were injured by the abuse, while others give child sex abuse victims a certain number of years […]