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Wisconsin Bill Would Lift Sex Abuse Lawsuit Limits

November 23, 2011

The following story aired on NBC 15 in Madison on November 22, 2011.

Story by AP:

A state lawmaker is trying again to clear the way for civil lawsuits against child molesters.

Sen. Julie Lassa, a Stevens Point Democrat, introduced a bill Tuesday that would eliminate the statute of limitations on such suits.

Current Wisconsin law allows people to bring civil lawsuits against anyone who sexually abused them as a child until the victim turns 35. The bill’s supporters argue the age cut-off is arbitrary and people often take decades to muster the courage to go after their abusers in court.

Opponents counter the bill is about generating money for victims’ attorneys.

Lassa has introduced similar proposals in the last two legislative sessions. Republicans currently control both houses of the Legislature, making passage this time around unlikely as well.


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