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Governor to ceremoniously sign childhood sex abuse bill

August 4, 2019

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island’s governor is planning a ceremony to mark the signing of a bill to give victims of childhood sexual abuse more time to sue.

Democrat Gina Raimondo scheduled an event for Monday with the bill sponsors, Rep. Carol Hagan McEntee, of South Kingstown, and Sen. Donna Nesselbush, of Pawtucket.

Raimondo signed the bill into law soon after it passed at the end of this year’s legislative session.

The new law gives victims 35 years to sue their abusers and institutions that shielded them, instead of seven and three respectively.

Victims have seven years if their case involves a recovered memory.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence recently released a list of 50 clerics, religious order priests and deacons it deems to have been credibly accused of sexually abusing children.

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