Governor Phil Murphy announced on Thursday that the New Jersey legislature plans to expand the statute of limitations set for cases of sexual abuse. The proposed bill offers survivors of sexual abuse the opportunity to file civil suits against their abusers up until the survivor reaches age 55. The adult survivors would have seven years in which to file a claim. Abuse victims would also have seven years in which to file upon discovery of the abuse. For survivors whose filings were previously dismissed due to the current statute of limitations, a two-year window for filing civil suits would be enabled. A hearing regarding the statute of limitations will occur before the Senate Judiciary Committee on March 7.
Revisiting the statute of limitations in order to expand the legislation will benefit sexual abuse and clergy abuse survivors. Once the expansion is enacted, survivors and victims will be given the power to file claims against their abusers. This not only provides much needed justice for survivors but may inspire other states to follow suit and adjust the laws to accommodate those traumatized by past abuse.
If you or a loved one suffered from clergy abuse as a child, realize that you are not alone. Please call our clergy abuse lawyers at Williams Cedar today at 215-557-0099 or contact us online to arrange a free and confidential consultation. We represent clients in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and nationwide from our offices in Philadelphia and Haddonfield, New Jersey.