Georgia > Bill to Provide Extension in Filing Sex Abuse Lawsuits

| February 4, 2015

georgia-capitol-governmentATLANTA — Victims testified in front of a state House Committee that many times victims of sexual abuse don’t realize what occurred to them until it’s too late to file suit.  Lawmakers are looking to change that.

Both male and female victims and their families testified Monday in front of the House Judiciary Non-Civil Committee, along with legal and mental experts. They had come to support House Bill 17, or better known as the Hidden Predator Act.  The bill is sponsored by Woodbine Republican Jason Spencer.

The bill would extend the time limit for filing a suit in an attempt to collect civil damages from 5 years after the victim’s 18th birthday to 35 years, or when the victim reaches age 53.  Many victims can only muster the courage to take action after growing older and more confident in taking action against their attackers.

Despite the time passing, many victims testified they had better than expected recollection of facts and circumstances, many times also supported by school confessions on record, medical documents and other evidence.

This is the second time the bill has been brought up by Spencer.  Though previously approved by the committee, time ran out before the full House and Senate could vote on it.

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