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Maine lifts statute of limitations for child sexual abuse claims, prompting a rise in lawsuits

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Last year Gov. Mills signed into law a bill removing the statute of limitations for survivors of child sexual abuse, allowing them to pursue civil claims against their abusers. We’ll hear from survivors of abuse and one of the attorneys at the center of recent lawsuits brought on behalf of survivors.

Michael Bigos, attorney and head of the Sexual Abuse Survivors Practice at Berman & Simmons Law Firm.
Rep. Lori Gramlich, serving her 3rd term serving House District 131 (Old Orchard Beach); she introduced the legislation that changed Maine’s law regarding statute of limitations for survivors of child sexual assault abuse
Melissa Martin, public policy and legal director, Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault

Click here to read the statement provided to Maine Calling from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland

Additional resources:

Sexual assault help hotline - 1-800-871-7741. It is free and open 24 hours

Click here for the Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault website

Click here for the Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine website

Click here for the Children's Safety Partnership website

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Jonathan was born in Monsey, New York. A field trip to Washington, DC when he was in 7th grade started him on his circuitous path to a career in public radio. The trip inspired a love of politics and led to his desire to one day call DC home. After graduating from Grinnell College, he worked on a couple of campaigns in Iowa (presidential and congressional) and moved to Washington, DC.