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Thursday, June 14, 2007

Limitations Periods in Sexual Abuse Cases

There's an interesting fight taking place in Minnesota over limitations periods in sexual abuse cases, with full-page ads and everything.  The ad in question was placed by a group called The American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property, who advocates against extending limitations periods for sexual abuse cases out of fear that current churchgoers' contributions will go to old torts, bankrupting the church.  I can't find a copy of the ad on their site, but this essay summarizes the themes pretty well.


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Nova Scotia is one of the few jurisdictions in Canada that has no limitation period for claims of breach of fiduciary duty.

The fear that Church offerings will dry up if the money is used to pay historical abuse claims is a myth.

I have represented victims in dozens of historical sexual abuse cases involving clergy and in most cases the allegations resulted in parishoners donating MORE money to church coffers (although I admit that I think some did so in the hope that expensive defence lawyers would be able to prove the abuse allegations were lies).

Posted by: John McKiggan | Jun 16, 2007 8:52:19 PM

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