Gov. Jerry Brown has rejected a bill that would have given survivors of childhood sexual assault in California more time to file suits against those who could have stopped their abuse.
The bill, written by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego), would have allowed victims to file abuse claims until they are 40 years old. It also would have permitted those who have repressed memories of abuse to sue within five years of unearthing the cause of their trauma.
On Monday, victims advocates said they felt defeated by Brown’s decision.
“I’m exceptionally disappointed that even after the #MeToo movement, after the [Brett] Kavanaugh hearings, that the governor isn’t doing what he can to reduce harm caused by sexual abuse,” said Tim Lennon, president of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.
The California Catholic Conference, which represents the California Catholic Conference of Bishops, said it opposed both bills. The organization contends that such laws place an unfair burden on the accused, who, decades after any alleged abuse, may be unable to furnish witnesses or records to defend themselves.
The California Catholic Conference spent more than $86,000 to fight the bill, according to state records.
Full story at The LA Times.