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ND: Should North Dakota Extend the Statue of Limitations for Prosecuting Sexual Abuse?

[ – 1/5/21]

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.

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Lawmakers seek to extend North Dakota statutes of limitation in child sex abuse cases [ – 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.

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  1. Dustin

    Laws like the ones proposed leave the doors VERY wide open for false claims. It amazes me that not a single one of the proponents of these initiatives ever see that.

    • Warpath

      Potentially 40 years later? I’m certain the memories would be 100% valid……pfffftttt. It would come down to an accusation that could not be defended. I am all for justice but really? 40 years later? Anything for a reelection vote. Dirt bags

  2. JohnDoeUtah

    Mitchell v Roberts, 2020 UT 34

    Utah found such revisions, even civil, violated due process by divesting vested rights if the SOL has already expired.

    • Dustin @ JohnDoeUtah

      Pretty sure they get around that by extending the SOL.

      • JohnDoeUtah

        Read the ruling, State Supreme Court stated that extending the SOL in that way violates the constitution.

  3. q

    The answer is YES! Especially in Joe Biden’s case!

    …oh wait, rules for thee not for me?

  4. Anonymous

    Sex crimes only? They can’t think of any other crime worthy of same?? Pfffftttt

  5. Brandon

    We all know memories last forever and never fade overtime. I’d imagine hypnosis and other methods stocks will skyrocket, if this goes through. Remember folks false accusations are always real.

    This idea needs to be kicked to the curb now.

  6. David⚜️

    🤔 Extending the statute of limitations on charging crimes enable them to fill more prisons, so sure, why not?? Gotta support that prison-industrial complex, right? 🙄
    (It’s bizarre that one State [North Dakota] is going in one direction, while another State’s [Virginia] crime commission seeks to eliminate mandatory minimums.)

  7. Two States East

    Doesn’t the SCOTUS 2002 decision of California’s Stogner prevail? I think undoing Stogner via SCOTUS rehearing is their real goal. After all Stogner was a close decision.

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