“Give Victims Time” Bill –
The new bill was passed during the 2019 legislative session and is effective as of October 1, 2019. The new bill – which can be viewed in full here – extends various deadlines for those who wish to report sexual violence and:
- Increases statute of limitations to 20 years from the date of the event
- Eliminates the statute of limitations for those who were victims of sexual violence while under the age of 18
- Creates a thirty-year window for those 18-21 to report (30 years from 21st birthday = age 51)
- Establishes a task force to study civil statute of limitations as well as “reviver: statutes (statutes that allow a set amount of time in which the survivor can “revive” the SOL so they can sue the offender). Reviver statutes give survivors the ability to find personal justice in states that have extended the civil statute of limitations. A member from the Ct Alliance to End Sexual Violence as well as a survivor will be part of the task force.
Changes to sexual harassment laws in the workplace now:
- Require sexual harassment training at companies that employ three or more workers
- Authorize corrective action only with the complainant’s permission
- Extend the time limit to bring a complaint from 180 days to 300
- Create remedies for damages of complainant, including monetary damages and lost wages
If you have further questions please contact Lucy Nolan — the Alliance’s Director of Public policy — at Lucy@endsexualviolencect.org.