State lawmakers are being asked to lift the statute of limitations for filing lawsuits in sexual abuse cases.
During heated testimony at the Capitol Wednesday, State Representative Scott Suder (R-Abbotsford) pushed for a bill that removes the current time limits on filing a civil case against an abuser. Suder says the bill would make Wisconsin a "sex predator's worst nightmare" by giving victims a voice, regardless of when they feel ready to face a personal tragedy.
Current law prevents civil suits from being filed after a victim turns 35. The legislation would only apply to future cases, but would also provide a three year window for cases that have already passed the current deadline. State Senator Jim Sullivan (D-Wauwatosa) argued those limits exist for a reason. Sullivan says a statute of limitations is a balancing act.
Opponents say the bill will create a flood of lawsuits, with many people trying to cash in on hard to prove abuse claims. Suder says laws exist to prevent frivolous suits.
The bill is being considered by a Senate committee.