Vermont Becomes Latest State to Abolish Statute of Limitations in Child Sex Abuse Cases

The Legal Examiner (Blog)

August 31, 2019

By Joseph H. Saunders

Vermont Governor Phil Scott last week signed a new law that removes the time limit for victims of child sexual abuse to bring civil claims against their abusers and the institutions that protected them.

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests said HB 330 is one of the strongest statute of limitations reforms for victims in the country.

“By opening a ‘window to justice’ and allowing survivors whose cases were previously barred by [statutes of limitations] to be heard in court, important information can be exposed that can help create safer, more informed communities,” the organization wrote in a statement.

“We hope that other legislators around the country will look to Vermont as an example as they too begin to take up [statute of limitation] reform in their own states.”

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