A bill in the Utah legislature would let churches apologize for abuse without admitting guilt

Fox 13 News

January 29, 2019

By Ben Winslow

A bill being drafted in the Utah State Legislature would allow churches and other nonprofit organizations to apologize for abuse, but not admit culpability.

The forthcoming bill, sponsored by Rep. Ken Ivory, R-West Jordan, is an effort to provide abuse victims with some measure of comfort.

“We want to empower these organizations to reach out and minister and help and support victims in their most dire time of need,” he said in an interview with FOX 13.

Rep. Ivory said an apology wouldn’t mean an admission of liability in a civil lawsuit, nor would it block any litigation.

“They’re able to reach out, to apologize, to minister, to aid the victims without that being considered any type of basis of liability to such organizations,” he said. “Now it doesn’t mean that if there’s some liability, if they’re culpable for something, that’s a separate question.”

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