Hot! Queensland Removes Time Limit for Child Abuse Lawsuits

Prior legislation stipulated lawsuit be filed before the victim turns 21


ABC News reports that Queensland has passed the Limitation of Actions (Institutional Child Sexual Abuse) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016 which effectively removes the time limit for sexual abuse victims to file lawsuits.

The previous law required that the child abuse victim file a lawsuit not later than three years after turning 18.

Initially, the bill was proposed only for victims who had suffered abuse in institutions but the Liberal National Party pushed it to include all victims of sexual abuse.

Cairns MP Rob Pyne is quoted by ABC as saying, “It is the right thing to do as a society, as a community, as a Queensland people, we can have a bigger heart than this, we can be better than this and we should be better than this.”

Child sexual abuse is a sad but prevalent problem in the world. Reports show that one in ten children will be sexually abused before they turn 18 and that 90% of child sexual abuse victims know their abusers.

Thailand has been reported to be one of the worst countries for children with over 800,000 children involved in prostitution.

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