Survivors of childhood sexual abuse in Arkansas are again able to file legal claims against their perpetrators, this time with no age limit for plaintiffs, thanks to a state law amended last year.
According to Arkansas Advocate, the Justice for Vulnerable Victims of Sexual Abuse Act became law in 2021 with bipartisan support, allowing survivors under 55 years of age to file claims between Jan. 28, 2022, and Jan. 31 of this year.
The law’s sponsors put forth an amendment to the law in 2023 that removed the age limit and created a new filing window that began Feb. 1 and will end Jan. 31, 2026. The amendment passed the Legislature with bipartisan support, and Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders signed it into law in April.
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