Barr government moves to remove further barriers for victims of child sexual abuse to seek compensation

Brisbane Times

Katie Burgess

The ACT government is moving to make it easier for victims of child abuse to sue their abusers, regardless of where and when the abuse occurred.

Under draft laws introduced into the ACT Legislative Assembly on Thursday, laws that let survivors claim damages against institutions regardless of how long ago the abuse occurred would be broadened to take in any kind of child sexual abuse.

The changes would mean a survivor could claim damages against the perpetrator of their abuse as well as the institution in which the abuse occurred.

“These amendments build on reforms introduced last year to remove limitation periods for child sex abuse claims in institutional contexts,” ACT Attorney-General Gordon Ramsay said.

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