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U.S. News and World Report February 20, 2020
BY HOLLY RAMER, Associated Press
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Sexual assault victims deserve the right to come forward when they are ready, survivors and other advocates told lawmakers Thursday in support of repealing New Hampshire's civil statute of limitations for such cases.
“We stand on the precipice of an important opportunity to open the door to justice for victims of sexual abuse,” said Lyn Schollett, director of the NH Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence.
Under current law, civil claims must be filed within three years of an assault if the victim was an adult, or by the victim's 30th birthday in cases involving children. The bill before the Senate Judiciary Committee would eliminate those timelines.
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