New Minnesota law gives child sex abuse victims more time to sue

  • Article by: Rose French , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 28, 2013 - 9:33 AM

New state law gives victims of child sex abuse more time to file suits.

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ericgus55Jun. 27, 13 9:55 PM

How does allowing folks to wait longer to sue "expose more predators and protect more kids"??? Shouldn't we (through our laws) encourage folks to act sooner rather than later? The other problem is that the longer one waits to sue, the less the chances that the folks who have to pay the price had anything to do with either the crimes or the cover-up? A lawsuit award/settlement based on abuse from twenty years ago is paid for by the congregation/Boy Scouts/tuition-payers of today, not back then. I'm all for dropping the hammer on abusers and those who harbor or protect them, but we need to hammer the right people.

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erinlisleJun. 27, 1311:15 PM

Do your homework Shattuck-St Mary's is an Episcopal school. Suppose that didn't fit with the reporter's Catholic bashing bent.

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childabuseJun. 28, 13 6:11 AM

A victim of childhood rape is not something to laugh about.

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credbrookJun. 28, 1312:55 PM

Child sexual abuse need much time to come to grips with the horrors that they went through as most of them have spent their lives trying to repress those memories. Kudos to Minnesota for giving the victims the chance to save others, however, long it takes for them to come forward. By doming forward they may save others from accused pedophiles/ child molesters like Sylvain Kustyan, Ariel Castro and Jerry Sandusky. Predators must be gotten out of harm's way of our innocent children BEFORE they have years to abuse them! Castro and Sandusky are now behind bars. Unfortunately,Kustyan formerly of Tuscaloosa, Alabama and France, fled the US to avoid imminent arrest. Kustyan has been formally charged with two counts of 1st Degree Sodomy and Sexual Abuse of a ten-year-old little boy. Since the average pedophile has 300 DIFFERENT victims in their lifetime and since the recidivism rate among pedophiles is virtually 100% they must be stopped ASAP!

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pcsrockyJun. 28, 13 3:00 PM

First, why is it just churches/religious organizations involved in this? Because it is only aimed at private entities? How about all of the abuse done by teachers, day care and others? Oh, wait, there are still teachers, teaching and abusing around the country and previous bosses KNOW IT. Second, how "old" are these cases? Most of the priests involved are DEAD! The other church leadership is most likely dead as well. Is this REALLY about what is better for the children or bashing Christians in general and Catholics in particular? Or is it really about destroying the church? Third, has anyone checked what the Catholic church does now to protect children and at risk adults? It is a WHOLE LOT more than is done in the secular world! Maybe it is really all about the money, the headlines and destroying the church!!!

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ericgus55Jun. 28, 13 3:02 PM

credbrook - To be clear, this new law only applies to civil suits, not to criminal prosecutions, which is what your examples are about. The window for criminal prosecution should stay open indefinitely. However, allowing extended periods of time before filing a civil suit may be good for victims (and their lawyers), but it increases the chances that the guilty don't pay and that someone else (who had nothing to do with crimes or cover-ups) does pay. In the interest of justice, we should hold the guilty responsible and leave the innocent out of it.

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bryantJun. 28, 1310:31 PM

This law goes after those that hide and those that used their leadership and beliefs to silence those that were violated. There is no longer a need to show fraud, because the window is open to hold all of those that were responsible the light of justice in the court. This saves future kids because it sends the message that it is ok to come forward, that you will be believed, and that there is accountability. For the next three years all perps in Minnesota can be forced to answer for their abuse.

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tjoec77Jun. 29, 13 9:38 AM

A Statute of Limitations is a free pass for pedophiles AND the groups that were supposed to watch our kids. OUR kids! You don't let child abusers off free.

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