Maryland mulls ended child sexual abuse lawsuit time limits.

Maryland mulls ended child sexual abuse lawsuit time limits.

The adults who testified that they had been abused sexually as children ensured that they had urged the Maryland lawmakers to end the statute of limitations in the state. This was regarding the civil lawsuits that will be filed against the institutions regarding child sexual abuse and according to Frank Schindler, who was abused sexually by a Catholic priest since he was a five-year-old kindergartner back in 1954, said to the legislators that it was a measure that had both moral as well as civil rights. Schindler is presently 73 years old psychologist and a member of Maryland’s chapter of the Survivors Network for those Abused by Priests. He further said, “It will send a strong message to all survivors and their abusers that the gross violation of the basic right of children not to be abused will no longer be tolerated in Maryland no matter how powerful the source of that abuse.”

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Carolyn Surrick: Maryland had to state about the age limit


Carolyn Surrick testified regarding the abuse she experienced from 2 of her teachers at the Key School in Annapolis back in the 1970s while she was only 13 years old. She even said that the lawmakers then told her they were unsure who could be held accountable for the same. Surrick said, “You just need to make it possible for us to have our day in court.” People in Maryland even said they had been sexually abused while they were kids, but they cannot, probably due to the culprits, once they reach the age of 38. However, the Maryland house has approved the legislation late about lifting the age limit. The state Sen. Will Smith, known for leading the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee, is now going to raise a bill that will cut off the age criteria.

Issue getting added attention after identifying 600 victims in the past 80 years.


This matter is getting an added amount of attention post an investigation, as said by the state’s attorney, wherein the Archdiocese of Baltimore identified 158 Roman Catholic priests. They have abused more than 600 victims in the past 80 years. Although some court records are available, some were not made public post the investigation in 2019.
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