General Assembly passes compromise childhood sex abuse bill

June 26, 2019 GMT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island’s General Assembly has passed a compromise version of legislation to give victims of childhood sexual abuse more time to sue.

The Senate’s leadership agreed to a provision for lawsuits based on recovered memories. That provision previously passed in the House version. The Senate had removed it, upsetting the bill’s sponsors and abuse victims.

On Wednesday, the Senate passed the House version unanimously, adding a provision that senators wanted to allow more time for lawsuits against the state and municipalities. The changed bill, supported by the Rhode Island Catholic Conference, then passed the House. It heads to the governor.


The bill would give victims 35 years to sue their abusers and institutions that shielded them, instead of seven and three respectively.

Victims would have seven years if their case involves a recovered memory.