Victims of child sex abuse have new chance to hold abusers accountable in court


August 27, 2019

By Marina Starleaf Riker

John Delaney, a survivor of child sex abuse, wants other victims to know this: Starting Sept. 1, they could have another chance to hold their abusers accountable in court.

Delaney and the San Antonio chapter leader of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests gathered outside the Bexar County Courthouse Tuesday morning to raise awareness about a new Texas law going into effect next month that allows victims of child sex abuse to file civil lawsuits against abusers up to 30 years after they turn 18.

Right now, the window when they can file a lawsuit, called the statute of limitations, lasts just 15 years after their 18th birthday.

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