But three North Dakota lawmakers are working to make sure other victims get the justice they deserve. The lawmakers had been planning bills that would extend the statute of limitations for reporting and prosecuting sex crimes before the Attorney General made his decision. Learn more about the potential bills here.
Lawmakers seek to extend North Dakota statutes of limitation in child sex abuse cases [inforum.com – 1/5/21 – REQUIRES FREE REGISTRATION]
FARGO — Three state legislators, a Republican and two Democrats, aim to revise North Dakota’s statute of limitation laws this legislative session to open up windows of time for survivors of child sex abuse to pursue legal avenues in civil courts.
Rep. Austin Schauer, R-West Fargo, Sen. Kathy Hogan, D-Fargo, and Sen. Tim Mathern, D-Fargo, are working together on bills that would create an “open window” of two years for sexual abuse victims to file a civil lawsuit, and would extend the statute of limitations from three to 10 years for sexual abuse of a minor, Schauer said.
Another bill that Schauer is working on would change state law to start the 10-year clock for a sex abuse survivor to file a claim for relief to begin at the time of consulting an attorney. “The average age when a person comes forward is 52 years old. It takes that long for someone to even think about coming forward to file a civil lawsuit,” he said.