New Jersey Bill Eases Sex Abuse Statute Of Limitations

New Jersey Bill Eases Sex Abuse Statute Of Limitations

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IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION, CONTACT THE POLICE. AND A FORMER U.S.A. GYMNASTIC ATHLETE AND SEX ABUSE SURVIVOR SPEAKING OUT IN NEW JERSEY IN HOPES OF THE HAVING A HAND IN CHANGE. SHE WITH DOZENS OF OTHERS TOOK TO THE STATE HOUSE ABOUT A BILL THAT WOULD EXPAND THE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS FOR CHILD SEX ABUSE CIVIL LAWSUITS. “EYEWITNESS NEWS” REPORTER CLEVE BRYAN WAS THERE FOR TESTIMONY AND SHE JOINS US NOW FROM TRENTON WITH THE VERY LATEST, CLEVE. REPORTER: NATASHA, THAT TESTIMONY IS STILL GOING ON. IT STARTED AROUND 1:00 THIS AFTERNOON. THIS BILL WILL OPEN UP THE DOOR FOR MANY VICTIMS OF SEXUAL ABUSE TO TAKE THEIR ATTACKERS TO COURT, EXPOSE THEIR HEINOUS ACTS, AND ALSO SEEK DAMAGES. INSIDE THAT COURTROOM THAT WE SAW IT WAS PACK WITH MORE THAN 50 PEOPLE WHO SIGNED UP TO TESTIFY BEFORE THE SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE. MANY OF THEM VICTIMS OF SEXUAL ABUSE. BILL BEFORE LAWMAKERS WOULD ALLOW CHILD VICTIMS TO SUE THEIR ABUSER UNTIL A VICTIM TURNS 55 YEARS OLD OR WITHIN SEVEN YEARS OF FIRST REALIZING THAT THEY HAVE SUFFERED ABUSE. RIGHT NOW THE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS FOR CIVIL SUITS IS TWO YEARS FROM THE ACT OF ABUSE. U.S.A. GYMNASTIC HALL OF FAMER JESSICA HOWARD WAS A SURVIVOR OF SEXUAL A BOOT BY THE NOTORIOUS DOCTOR LARRY NASSAR. SHE TESTIFIED AS A CHILD ADVOCATE AND SAID ALLOWING MORE VICTIMS TO TAKE THEIR ABUSERS TO COURT MEANS MANY PEOPLE CAN HAVE A SENSE OF HEALING. THAT THEY CONSIDER ALREADY OUT THERE, WILL HAVE A CHANCE TO GET THAT LITTLE BIT OF EMPOWERMENT AND THAT FEELING THAT IT WASN’T IN MY HEAD. IT HAPPENED. IT WAS WRONG. AND THAT IS WHERE YOU CAN START THE ROAD TO RECOVERY. REPORTER: TODAY IN A CATHOLIC CONFERENCE OF NEW JERSEY CAME HERE TO OPPOSE PART OF THE BILL WHICH SAYS THIS COULD APPLIED RETROACTIVELY. THEY ONLY WANT THAT RETROACTIVELY BACK TO 1996 BECAUSE THAT IS WHEN CRIMINAL STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS WAS AMENDED BUT MOST OF THE ABUSE IN THE CHURCHES HAPPENED BEFORE 1996.

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