New bill would allow victims of sexual abuse to file lawsuits

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If you were sexually abused from the 1960’s onward, the Colorado Legislature is sending help your way.

The bill would allow victims unlimited time to sue institutions if those institutions knew about or hid the abuse that occurred during a youth-related program or activity, and it would also apply to previous abuse.

One of the bill’s sponsors is from the Western Slope and believes victims should have a place to tell their story.

Colorado State Representative, Matt Soper says, “it’s just something that I have just become very passionate about in my three years in the legislature about being able to give victims an opportunity to make their case in court.”

Executive Director of Center for Children, Mistalynn Meyeraan says victims don’t always feel comfortable coming forward but the Center for Children say, “whenever they’re ready and they feel the support that they’re going to have the community rally with them that’s whats this law helps to do.”

So what’s next?

The bill has passed the House and Senate and is now awaiting Governor Jared Polis’ signature. The Governor has thirty days from Tuesday to sign the bill into law.

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