New Laws Favoring Sex Abuse Victims Could Cost The Catholic Church Over $4BN
According to Friendly Atheist, a total of 15 states now have laws on the books allowing survivors of childhood sexual abuse to file lawsuits against their abusers, even if the statute of limitations has expired.
These laws mean the Catholic Church could take a massive hit to its checkbook — potentially surpassing $4 billion until the more than 5,000 lawsuits currently filed are settled.
And that is likely not even the end of the lawsuits, Friendly Atheist noted, because “with more dioceses going public with lists of priests who were credibly accused of molesting kids,” this could merely be the opening of the floodgates.
“In California, New York, and New Jersey, the law now provides a small window where all child sex abuse cases can be brought forth regardless of when the alleged crimes occurred,” Friendly Atheist reported. And in seven other states, the new laws have extended the statute of limitations.