Law to Protect Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse and Hold Abusers Accountable Comes into Force


DENVER, Colo. (Press release) – Marking the conclusion of a multi-year effort to protect child sexual abuse survivors and hold institutions that cover abuse accountable, the Abuse Accountability Act sex on children will come into force tomorrow, January 1, 2022.

The law – sponsored by Senators Jessie Danielson (D-Wheat Ridge) and Rhonda Fields (D-Aurora) and Representatives Dafna Michaelson Jenet (D-Commerce City) and Matt Soper (R-Delta) – allows survivors of abuse sexual abuse to prosecute schools, government entities or private institutions that cover up sexual abuse, as well as perpetrators, and seek to prevent future cases of sexual abuse.

“No child should have to be sexually abused, but for too long our laws have failed to protect the youngest victims of these unspeakable crimes, and today we say no more” Senator Danielson said. “This law ensures that actions taken by abusers and institutions to harm our little ones can no longer be swept under the rug, and will hold these bad actors accountable for their despicable behavior. I am proud to stand alongside the survivors. I will continue to fight to make sure they finally get the justice they deserve and can begin to heal. “

“It’s been a long road to get here, but now survivors of childhood sexual assault can finally seek justice.” said Representative Jenet. “Passing this law would not have been possible without the tireless advocacy and heartbreaking testimony of so many who have told their stories. This law will help hold perpetrators and the institutions that cover up their crimes to account. Healing takes time, and now victims of abuse can seek justice that has long been denied to them. “

“We need to protect survivors of sexual abuse at all costs, especially our children, but for decades our laws have benefited abusers rather than survivors.” Senator Fields said. “We are turning the tide on this blatant reality by ensuring that there is sufficient time for survivors to come forward and disclose their abuse. We recognize that the healing process is long and difficult, and this landmark law will make it easier to stop predators from causing further damage and allow survivors to request closure when they are ready. ”

The Child Sexual Abuse Accountability Act empowers survivors of child sexual abuse to bring civil suits through an entirely new and stand-alone cause of action, specifically designed to tackle the cover-ups that have persisted for decades. The law creates a new right of redress for anyone sexually assaulted in Colorado, including those who were abused as children at a youth program.

The late disclosure of child sexual abuse has had an impact on the road to recovery for survivors, and often by the time victims are able to speak out about their experience, Colorado’s extraordinarily short window of opportunity to file civil claims has closed.

This has historically prevented hundreds of child victims of sexual abuse from accessing the only option they have to seek monetary compensation for the pain they have suffered – a resource needed to rebuild their lives after suffering such pain. trauma.

The Child Sexual Abuse Accountability Act authorized the Senate and House with a large bipartisan majority, and Governor Jared Polis signed the bill last July.

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