A bill currently being reviewed in the Minnesota House of Representatives and Senate proposes eliminating the statute of limitations on sexual abuse lawsuits within the state. Referred to as the Minnesota Child Victims Act, this bill intends to give sexual abuse victims a voice, allow them to come forward later in adulthood once they are ready to face their alleged abusers and ultimately try to stop the heinous cycle of sexual abuse against children. If Minnesota Child Victims Act becomes a law, Minnesota will be the fifth U.S. state to have such a statute in place, with the others states that have eliminated the statute of limitations on sexual abuse lawsuits being Alaska, Delaware, Florida and Maine.
At Alonso Krangle LLP, our sexual abuse lawyers do everything they can to hold child predators, including camp counselors, teachers, priests and their enablers, accountable to the fullest extent of the law. Our sexual abuse attorneys can help victims obtain the justice that they need and deserve.
Minnesota Child Victims Act
Currently, Minnesota laws stipulate that child victims of sexual abuse only have until they are 24 years old to file civil lawsuits against their alleged abusers and any organization or institution that protected the abuser or somehow covered up the abuse. Many proponents of the Minnesota Child Victims Act explain that the current laws in place not only allow alleged abusers to “run out the clock” for the statute of limitations in these cases but that they also do not reflect modern mental health knowledge regarding sexual trauma and victims coming to term with sexual abuse.
Specifically, some mental health experts have pointed out that many sexual abuse victims are simply not prepared to bring allegations against their alleged abusers by the age of 24, which is relatively early in adulthood. Instead, many victims are not ready to come forward and publicly recognize their childhood sexual abuse until they are well into their 30s, 40s or even 50s.
Advocates for the Minnesota Child Victims Act have also highlighted the fact that enacting this bill into law could be pivotal to stopping child predators who have eluded prosecution and are still searching for new potential victims. “Pedophiles don’t retire… by allowing the brave survivors, like the ones we’ve heard from today, to identify their abuser, oftentimes, other victims come forward who are still within the criminal statute of limitations, and [the alleged abuser] can be brought to justice,” stated Jeff Dion, the deputy executive director of the National Center for Victims of Crime. [http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/02/13/politics/child-victims-act]
Sexual Abuse Lawsuits and Settlements
If you or someone you love were sexually abused at the hands of a Catholic priest, a Boy Scout leader, school teacher or any official, you may be able to file a sexual abuse lawsuit to seek compensation from the abuser, as well as any officials and organizations that may have aided and abetted their crimes. Alonso Krangle LLP offers free lawsuit evaluations to sexual abuse victims and their families. To learn more about obtaining the justice you deserve, please contact the compassionate and experienced sexual abuse lawyers at Alonso Krangle LLP by filling out our online form or calling 1-800-403-6191.