Thursday, March 24, 2011
World Briefing | EUROPE
Germany: Change to Abuse Statute - By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published: March 23, 2011
Under legislation approved by the cabinet on Wednesday, Germans who were sexually abused as children are expected to have as long as 30 years after they turn 21 to bring accusations in court. The previous statute of limitations on civil abuse cases was three years. Criminal cases have a statute of limitations of 3 to 30 years, depending on the charges. Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger praised the legislation as strengthening victims’ rights. Parliament is expected to pass the legislation this year.