Who’s opposing efforts to eliminate statute of limitations in sex assault cases

Who’s opposing efforts to eliminate statute of limitations in sex assault cases

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BARR LOOKS AT WHO’S OPPOSING THE
MOVE. BARBARA: WHILE THERE IS
AGREEMENT ON ELIMINATING THE
STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS FOR
CRIMINAL CHARGES THE STICKING
POINT HAS CENTERED AROUND A
PROPOSED TWO YEAR WINDOW FOR OLDER VICTIMS TO BRING CIVIL
CHARGES AGAINST THE ACCUSED OR
THE INSTITUTION SUCH AS THE
CATHOLIC CHURCH.>>WE ARE NOT GOING ANYWHERE
UNTIL WE GET JUSTICE. BARBARA: JUSTICE FOR
REPRESENATIVE MARK ROZZI WOULD
BE THE PASSAGE OF HOUSE BILL 612
WHICH WOULD OPEN A TWO YEAR
RETROACTIVE WINDOW WHERE VICTIMS
OLDER THAN THECURRENT AGE LIMIT OF THIRTY COULD SUE
INSITITUTIONS FOR DAMAGES. BUT OPPONENTS INCLUDING STATE
SENATORS LED BY JOE SCARNATI,
THE CATHOLIC CONFERENCE AND THE
INSURANCE INDUSTRY, SAY THAT
PROVISION VIOLATES THE STATE
CONSTITUTION. A STATEMENT ON THE CATHOLIC
CONFERENCE WEBSITE READS IN
PART, SEXUAL PREDATORS SHOULD BE
LOCKED BEHIND BARS. IN CONTRAST, ANYONE CAN FILE A
CIVIL SUIT WITH A MUCH LOWER
BURDEN OF PROOF. A THIRD PARTY COULD BE SUED EVEN
AFTER THE PERPETRATOR, POSSIBLE
WITNESSES OR CLEAR EVIDENCE IS
LONG GONE. SENATOR SCARNATI’S BILL 261
WHICH PASSED THE SENATE CALLS
, FOR THE AGE TO FILE CIVIL
SUITS TO EXTEND TO FIFTY FOR
VICTIMS GOING FORWARD, REMOVING
THE RETROACIVE PART THAT HAS THE SUPPORT OF THE INSUR

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