Nov. 26, 2019
By Ali Swenson
A governor-appointed task force has finished studying Arizona’s laws on child sex abuse and issued 19 recommendations to improve them.
Among its suggestions are changes that would expand the criminal statute of limitations for child sex trafficking, broaden the definition of sex abuse perpetrators who are in a position of trust, and increase funding for police investigations, awareness campaigns, and reporting technology.
Notably missing, as first reported by the subscription-based political tipsheet Yellow Sheet Report, is an explanation of how the state might expand the civil statute of limitations for child sex abuse cases. The task force says the current age limit of 30 for filing lawsuits is “not sufficient” and suggests that a third party should conduct research on what might be an appropriate age, but the group doesn’t suggest a legal pathway to changing it.
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