Some states move to ease limits on child sex-abuse lawsuits

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NEW YORK (AP) – There’s new momentum around the country to give victims of long-ago child sex abuse more opportunities to pursue justice.

Victims have been lobbying for years, often in vain, to change statute of limitation laws. This year seems sure to produce some breakthroughs, due in part to the midterm election results and recent disclosures about abuse by Roman Catholic priests.

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New York state is Exhibit A. The Democrats’ takeover of the formerly Republican-controlled Senate seems almost certain to produce a more victim-friendly policy in place of one of the nation’s most restrictive laws.

Prospects are considered good for similar changes in Rhode Island and New Jersey, and perhaps in Pennsylvania.

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