RICHMOND – Beginning July 1, sexually abused children will have up to 20 years after their 18th birthday to file a sexual abuse claim in civil court. Currently, such children have only two years after reaching 18 to seek civil sanctions against their abusers. They will get more time under Senate Bill 1145 and House Bill 1476, which Gov. Bob McDonnell has signed into law.
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By the time you finish reading this, 15 children will have been abused; In the next five minutes, 30 more; Within the next hour, 360 more; And by tonight, close to 8,000+ children will have suffered from abuse, 5 of which will die. Child abuse has increased 134% since 1980 and is now considered a worldwide epidemic. The high jump in child abuse deaths and the shocking increase in statistics highlights the frightening lack of public knowledge.
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It May Just Save a Child's Life!!