Proposed law would make it easier to sue priests involved in sexual abuse

CREATED Jul 4, 2013

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MADISON - A bill being proposed in the Wisconsin Legislature hopes to make it easier for victims of sexual abuse to sue their abuser.

The Child Victims Act has been brought in the last two sessions of the legislature, and failed both times, according to Jason Stein with the Journal Sentinel. But with records recently released by the Milwaukee Archdiocese, many hope it could bring to light a crack in the system.

The proposed law, introduced by Democratic Sens. Julie Lassa of Stevens Point and Lena Taylor of Milwaukee and Rep. Sandy Pasch of Shorewood, would change the current law that says a victim must bring a case before their abuser before the victim turns 35 years old.

"The legislation would remove that limit for a two-year window and allow adult victims blocked from suing to do so during that time," said Stein.

Milwaukee Archdiocese spokeswoman Julie Wolf said they would be opposing the legislation.