“This poison of abuse is pervasive.”Posted: January 8, 2021
Read these articles about the expiration 9 days ago of Arizona’s extension of the statute of limitations in child sexual abuse cases. https://www.azfamily.com/news/original_reporting/child-sex-abuse-survivors-have-until-dec-30-to-file-claim-in-arizona/article_47ca37da-417b-11eb-9e26-cf3fdff7c7a8.html; https://kvoa.com/news/2020/12/29/deadline-looms-to-file-lawsuit-for-sex-abuse-victims-30-years-and-older/ In 2019, the governor of Arizona extended the statute of limitations, allowing victims to file a claim until their 30th birthday. The revision also allowed anyone older than 30 years old a full year to file a civil claim by Dec. 31, 2020.
New York extended the statute of limitations in 2019, with a one-year window for victims to file otherwise time-barred lawsuits. https://www.law.com/newyorklawjournal/2020/04/14/the-new-york-child-victims-act-and-the-effect-of-covid-19/?slreturn=20210008225225#:~:text=The New York Child Victims,victims are 55 years old. The New York law permits civil suits to be filed against abusers and institutions until victims are 55 years old.
I am one of those people who thinks there should be no statute of limitations in any sexual assault case. At a minimum a very expanded statute of limitations should apply in all states in all child sex abuse cases. As noted, national studies show the average age for victims to disclose child sex abuse is 52 years old.
Then when you factor in that organizations that totally lie and obstruct AND have ready access to children, like Boy Scouts of America and The Catholic Church, all bets are off. There absolutely should be no statute of limitations. And the bankruptcy laws should be modified to deal with these dirty organizations so they can’t drain the coffers to avoid paying victims. Sounds like the old Boy Scouts are engaging in a fraud on the bankruptcy court. I guess they are always prepared–to protect pedophiles and their wallets.