February 02, 2005

Bill would extend time limit to file civil suit for abuse

Nashua Telegraph

By KEVIN LANDRIGAN, Telegraph Staff

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2005

CONCORD - Lisa Solange Couturier said sexual abuse victims like her often have to choose between trying to punish the abuser by seeking a prison term or seeking monetary damages through a civil lawsuit.

“Why can’t he or she have the choice of taking both actions, the choice they deserve,” Couturier told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.

County prosecutors and advocates joined in support for legislation to extend the time period that child sexual abuse victims can launch a civil suit in court.

Any child abuse victim has until age 21 - three years after they turn 18 years old - to bring a civil suit against the abuser.

Manchester Democratic Sen. Lou D’Allesandro wants to extend that period until the victim turns 25 years old.

Posted by kshaw at February 2, 2005 06:22 PM