Bill would extend statute of limitations for sexual abuse


February 27, 2019

By Steve Nielsen and Kim Kalunian

Up to 15 victims of childhood sexual abuse testified Tuesday night on a bill that would quadruple the current civil statute of limitations on abuse.

The bill, introduced by Rep. Carol McEntee, would change the civil statute of limitations from seven years after an alleged victims 18th birthday, to 35 years.

“It took me until age 41 or 42 to even go to the police,” Jim Scanlan said in the days leading up to his testimony.

Scanlan’s story of abuse was covered in the motion picture “Spotlight.”

“At age 25, there aren’t many victims who are willing to come forward or are ready emotionally to talk about it,” Scanlan said.

Scanlan said he plans to testify at Tuesday’s hearing in the House Judiciary Committee.

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