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New Bill Goes After Institutions That Cover Up Child Sexual Abuse, Giving Survivors Chance For Justice

Raana Simmons, Director of Public Affairs of CCASA, says the bill is narrowly tailored to target bad actors who knew, or should have known, about the abuse and did nothing to stop it.

“When institutions choose to protect their power and profit by concealing the truth, the coverup is something completely different and distinct from the sexual abuse that the child experienced in the first place,” said Simmons.

Unlike other civil liability laws, the bill prevents school districts from using government immunity to avoid damages.

“What this is, we believe, is a path forward to lift the veil of secrecy, to protect our communities, and to make sure that survivors have access to the single system that can provide them with the monetary relief to recover from trauma.”

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