Lawmakers in Colorado are discussing opening a window to allow adult victims of child sex abuse to file claims agains their perpetrators. The window of opportunity had previously been closed due to statute of limitations expiring.
Lawmakers are talking about whether to give victims of child sexual abuse an unlimited time frame to file suits against their abusers. Last year an effort to establish this law was declined because of fights that lawmaker had internally regarding the policy change.
Senate Bill 73 was discussed last week and unanimously passed the Senate Health and Human Services Committee.
Currently, the law only allows victims of child sexual abuse 6 years after they turn 18 to file suits against their perpetrators. The new proposed legislation would eliminate that time restriction. The window would apply to victims who were abused after Jan. 1, 2022, in addition to victims who are still within the window of the statute of limitations by that date.
Another legislation that was proposed, Senate Bill 88, is offering to allow victims of child se abuse an opportunity to sue the institutions that failed to intervene when the abuse was happening.