Sex abuse bill would end statute of limitations


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TRENTON — A state 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.

Bill sponsors said the need for action drew new attention after sex-abuse charges came to light at Immaculata High School and with the former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky case at Penn State University.

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