Sexual Abuse “Window” 

In Augusta Tuesday, the judiciary committee received a bill proposing a civil statute of limitation ‘window.’

The window would open up a two year period for plaintiffs to file civil law suits against alleged perpetrators of sexual abuse, no matter how long ago the abuse occurred.

Senator Ethan Strimling is the sponsor of the bill, he says it’s modeled after a similar statute in California, but warns that this proposal does not mean convicted abusers will serve jail time.

In 1999, the Maine Legislature passed a bill eliminating the civil and criminal statutes of limitation for acts committed after 1993.