Maryland Sexual Abuse Window Eliminates Age Requirements

Maryland is poised to become the next state to open a window that would allow child victims of sexual abuse who were previous time barred to file civil lawsuits in court against their abusers and any institutions that had knowledge of and could have prevented the abuse.

The Maryland state legislature is set to pass the legislation in the next three weeks and has bipartisan support. A window is a period of time that bypasses current laws restricting survivors’ ability to file such suits and gives a definitive time for those impact to do so. This is a much-needed opportunity for justice for so many impacted survivors and their families.

Why Windows Matter?

Statute of limitations all over the country have set arbitrary time restrictions on when survivors can file claims against those who harmed them. These timelines have never lined up with the data and scientific evidence regarding when child victims of sexual abuse report. Research tells us that the average age of disclosure for a child victim of sexual abuse is 52; decades after the abuse happened. This is due to multiple factors including trauma, fear of retaliation, confusion, shame and so much more.

Every victim deserves access to our courts system, it is our belief that there should be no statute of limitation for criminal or civil justice in childhood sexual abuse. Windows have proven to be effective in the states they have passed by enabling survivors to expose the predators who harmed them, gain access to documents that enable them to understand what happened in their respective cases and to depose the abusers and those who knew about the abuse.

In fact, it has been window legislation that has enable communities to know who these predators are-many who were still actively abusing people in their communities-and prevent others from being harmed. Windows provide much delayed justice to survivors of childhood sexual abuse.

If you are a survivor in Maryland and think you may have a case against an abuser or an institution who could have prevented that abuse, Andreozzi + Foote wants to talk with you. The lawyer you choose to take on your case matters, you want someone who is trusted, dedicated, experienced and knowledgeable.

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