Change to child abuse laws

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

Ruther­glen MSP Clare Haughey has wel­comed the pas­sage of the Lim­i­ta­tion Child­hood Abuse Scot­land Bill in the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment.

The bill, which will have retrospective ef­fect, re­moves the three-year time limit in which vic­tims of child­hood abuse can bring a civil ac­tion against their abuser – mean­ing that sur­vivors can pur­sue jus­tice later in life.

Ms Haughey said: “This bill is a big step for­ward in en­sur­ing that sur­vivors of child­hood abuse are able to ac­cess jus­tice later in life.

“While bring­ing a civil ac­tion may not be the right so­lu­tion for all sur­vivors of child abuse, it is vi­tal that sur­vivors have the choice to come for­ward as and when they feel ready to do so.

“Those who have suf­fered abuse as a child may de­lay dis­clos­ing the trauma for a whole host of rea­sons, in­clud­ing a dif­fi­culty pro­cess­ing what has hap­pened to them, feel­ings of shame, sup­pressed mem­o­ries or in­deed pres­sure from the abuser.

“And it’s im­por­tant that they have the choice to take the time to come for­ward.

“While it re­mains the case that the courts will weigh up the avail­able ev­i­dence in each in­di­vid­ual case, th­ese changes to the law will give sur­vivors the all-im­por­tant choice about what ac­tions they can legally take to seek jus­tice.”

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