Bill making sex abuse suits easier advances in Trenton

Asbury Park Press

Written by
Bob Jordan
Statehouse Bureau

TRENTON — An Assembly committee Thursday advanced a bill that could widen opportunities for lawsuits to be filed by adults who were victims of childhood sexual abuse.

The measure would eliminate the two-year statute of limitations for civil action on abuse acts and expand the categories of persons, beyond the predator, who could be held liable.

For instance, under the legislation trustees and employees of an organization who know about abuse but don’t act to prevent it could be sued, but only if they have supervisory or oversight status over the person committing the offending act.

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