The Texas legislature passed House Bill 3809, a law that doubles the time-limit for survivors of sexual abuse to file civil lawsuits.
It will give survivors of sexual abuse up to 30 years to file a civil lawsuit against their abusers and the institutions that enabled abuse, doubling the time-limit from the current 15-year threshold.
The House initially exempted churches and nonprofits from the 30-year statute of limitations, but the Senate agreed to include the provision after hearing testimony from sex assault victims.
The Senate re-introduced a provision allowing lawsuits targeting “culpable entities,” which includes organizations like the Catholic Church and nonprofits like the Boy Scouts of America.
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