Eliminate the statute that helps child abusers | Editorial

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Since Gov. Murphy signed a 2019 law that suspended the statute of limitations for civil sex abuse lawsuits for two years, more than 1,200 cases were filed — two-thirds of them against clergy or a religious institution. A window to justice opened, and the people who had spent years or decades harboring an unfathomable pain stepped through it. But the deadline for those victims to file suit ended Tuesday, and examination of the available data makes this much clear: The suspension of the statute needs to be extended, and our lawmakers should consider waiving it entirely. Victims of abuse need ti…

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