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New Minn. law allows more childhood abuse lawsuits

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Adults who suffered childhood sexual abuse and want to file civil lawsuits will have much wider access to the courts under a bill awaiting Gov. Mark Dayton's signature.

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Right now, anyone over the age of 24 who alleges they were abused when they were a child has no standing to file a civil lawsuit. But the bill lifts that statute of limitations entirely for civil claims against the abusers. It also allows lawsuits on the grounds of negligence against schools, churches and other institutions where abuse occurred.

The measure passed the House and Senate last week. A spokeswoman says Dayton is likely to sign it.

The bill's sponsors say it's needed because abuse victims often don't fully remember or process their abuse until years later.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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