State mulls ending statute of limitations on sex abuse suits

Kansas gives victims of childhood sexual abuse three years to file lawsuits once they turn 18.

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State News

February 21, 2020 - 2:45 PM

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — One detailed how her father sexually abused her decades ago. Another recalled a priest fondling him as a teenager. And yet another remembered walking directly back to class after a priest raped her in the fourth grade.

One by one, they pleaded with lawmakers. Their main message: Please help us. Please help victims.

Kansas generally gives victims of childhood sexual abuse three years to file lawsuits once they turn 18. The limited window shuts out a vast array of victims, including many struggling well into adulthood.

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