Saturday, June 26, 2010

New Florida law lifts statute of limitations on sexual abuse cases

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Editorial board

Saturday, June 26, 2010

FOR THE CHILDREN: Childhood victims of sexual abuse have new legal options in the Sunshine State.

Recently, Gov. Charlie Crist signed House Bill 525, which lifts the time limit in which sexual abuse victims can file a lawsuit.

Previously, state law required victims to file a civil lawsuit on or before his or her 22nd birthday. Now, if the abuse occurred prior to the victim’s 16th birthday, there is no statute of limitations.

This is how it should be. The effects of sexual abuse may not surface until later in a person’s life. Revoking the statute of limitations for those who were victimized when they were under the age of 16 gives these people more time to process these painful, agonizing experiences, and decide whether to pursue legal recourse against an abuser.

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