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Survivors may get 25 years to file cases

House approves limit extension, Senate in limbo

August 02, 2012
SOUTHBRIDGE — Childhood survivors of sexual abuse will get more time to take their assailants to civil court if the Senate does what the House did last week.

On Wednesday, July 25, the House approved extending the statute of limitations from three years to 25, with the clock starting when the child turns 18. Thus, survivors of a variety of sexual crimes as children can file civil suits until they reach age 43.

Those who have exceeded the existing limit or had a case thrown out solely because the limit had expired will get one year to file their cases starting Nov. 15.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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