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Will the Child Victims Act of 2023 Allow Me To Sue The Church?

by | Sep 13, 2023 | Child Injury

Understanding Your Rights Under the New Legislation

In recent years, numerous allegations against religious institutions, particularly the Catholic Church, have come to the fore, casting a shadow on organizations that many trust. With the introduction of the Child Victims Act of 2023, many survivors of child abuse are questioning whether this legislation will finally provide them an avenue to seek justice. In this post, we delve into what the act entails and how it impacts victims seeking legal action.

If you believe you’re affected by the Child Victims Act and are seeking justice, reach out to Schlachman, Belsky, Weiner & Davey, P.A. for expert guidance. Call us at (410) 685-2022.

The Child Victims Act of 2023: An Overview

The Child Victims Act, enacted in 2023, represents a significant stride toward justice for survivors of child abuse. It primarily addresses the restrictions and limitations that previously prevented many victims from pursuing legal claims against their perpetrators and the institutions that shielded them.

Extended Statute of Limitations

One of the most salient features of the act is the extension of the statute of limitations. This allows survivors who were previously barred due to time restrictions to now come forward and file a lawsuit. It provides a broader window for victims, recognizing the often prolonged trauma and hesitation in reporting such cases.

Religious Institutions Under Scrutiny

The act explicitly allows victims to sue religious institutions, including the Catholic Church, if they can demonstrate that the organization was negligent or complicit in their abuse. This means that not only can perpetrators be held accountable, but institutions that failed in their duty of care can also face consequences.

The Importance of the Child Victims Act for Survivors in Baltimore and Beyond

The Child Victims Act of 2023 stands as a monumental beacon of hope and justice for survivors of institutional abuse. Rooted in recognizing the deep-seated anguish that countless survivors have battled with, the act serves as an emblematic testament to their struggles. Furthermore, by highlighting and tackling the structural deficiencies within religious entities, this pivotal legislation addresses the chronic issues that facilitated the perpetuation of such heinous acts for years.

A New Dawn: Empowering Survivors to Raise Their Voices

The transformative nature of this legislation is clear. Previously silenced by fear, stigma, or institutional pressure, survivors now find themselves bolstered by the legal system. The Child Victims Act equips them with the legislative backing to challenge their oppressors, ensuring that their painful narratives are not only heard but also validated. This act thus becomes a critical catalyst in the journey towards justice, paving the way for survivors to reclaim their narratives and seek the closure they rightfully deserve.

A Shift in Accountability: Religious Institutions Under the Legal Spotlight

For too long, religious institutions, draped in their sacral aura, managed to sidestep legal scrutiny. The Child Victims Act, in its groundbreaking approach, unequivocally shifts the paradigm. It empowers survivors to take legal action not just against individual perpetrators but against the very institutions that may have been complicit in their suffering. By doing so, the act sends a resounding message that religious sanctity cannot and should not serve as a shield against legal responsibility.

Pursuing Justice with the Right Legal Team

The Child Victims Act of 2023 symbolizes hope and justice for countless survivors. However, the path to justice, even with supportive legislation, can be intricate and challenging. It’s imperative to navigate these waters with a knowledgeable legal team by your side.

If you or a loved one has been affected and are considering legal action, let Schlachman, Belsky, Weiner & Davey, P.A. assist you every step of the way. Give us a call today at (410) 685-2022 to discuss your case.


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