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Democrats look to end lawsuit limits, force clergy reports

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic lawmakers are introducing bills that would eliminate the statute of limitations on lawsuits over the sexual assault of children and force clergy members to report allegations of sexual assault they learn about during confidential conversations.

Under current Wisconsin law, children who are sexually assaulted have until age 35 to file a civil action. Sen. Lena Taylor and Reps. Melissa Sargent and Chris Taylor’s bill would remove the deadline.

Current law allows clergy members who learn during confidential conversations about allegations of the sexual assault of children to keep the allegations secret. The Democrats’ second bill would eliminate that exception.

Aides for Republican legislative leaders didn’t immediately respond to emails seeking comment on the proposals’ prospects. It would appear they have little chance since the GOP controls the Legislature.

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