Former Orphanage Residents Decry Sd Lawsuit Law

September 29, 2010

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Former residents of an American Indian orphanage who say they were sexually abused there decades ago are criticizing a South Dakota law that sets limits on lawsuits against institutions such as churches or schools.

Under the law that took effect July 1, no person 40 or older could recover damages from any person or organization other than the person who committed the act of sexual abuse.

Joelle Casteix of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests says such limits are unfair, as it often takes many years for adults to come forward about childhood abuse. Casteix's group is helping the former orphanage residents.

Gov. Mike Rounds says the bill does not shield the abuser from litigation, and it's appropriate to have a statute of limitations.


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