Monday, July 09, 2007

Mazel Tov - Delaware Abolishes the civil statute of limitations in cases of child sexual abuse

Governor to sign landmark statute-of-limitations legislation

WHAT: Signing ceremony for Senate Bill 29, the Child Victim’s Act.
WHEN: Tuesday, July 10, 2007 at 2 p.m.
WHERE: Tatnall Building, William Penn Street, Dover, Del.

On Tuesday, July 10 at 2 p.m., Delaware Governor Ruth Ann Minner will sign a landmark statute-of-limitations bill for victims of child sexual abuse.

Senate Bill 29 will become the Child Victim’s Act after Governor Minner signs it into law. The bill abolishes the civil statute of limitations in cases of child sexual abuse. (The current civil statute of limitations in Delaware is two years.) It also provides a two-year window during which claims previously barred by statute could be filed —opening the courthouse door to victims unable to seek justice because the statute of limitations had expired. Private and public institutions that allowed the abuse to occur through gross negligence also could be sued. The signing ceremony will be held in the Tatnall Buil ding in Dover, Del. Among those expected to attend are advocates, mental health and law enforcement professionals, legislators, survivors of childhood sexual abuse and their families.

The author of Senate Bill 29, Senator Karen Peterson, D-Stanton, and the main sponsor in the House of Representatives, Representative Deborah Hudson, R-Fairthorne, have invited one of the key experts who helped achieve unanimous victory in the General Assembly for Senate Bill 29, Marci A. Hamilton. Hamilton will make brief remarks about the importance of this legislation. She is a constitutional law professor at Yeshiva University's Cardozo School of Law in New York. “This will be the strongest bill for child sexual abuse victims in the country,” Hamilton said.

For more information, please send an e-mail to info@child victims


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