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Man Sues Over Molestation by School Counselor

The lawsuit was barred by the statute of limitations.

Key point. Minors who are sexually molested by church workers may not sue their church after the statute of limitations has expired. Generally, the statute of limitations begins to run on a minor's 18th birthday. In some states the statute of limitations does not begin to run until an adult survivor of child sexual molestation "discovers" that he or she has experienced physical or emotional suffering as a result of the molestation. Other states do not recognize this so—called "discovery rule."

The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled that a 33—year—old adult's lawsuit against a school counselor who molested him when he was 11 years old was barred by the statute of limitations. The counselor expressed an interest in the victim, and visited him in his home on several occasions. He eventually asked the boy's mother if he could take her son to a remote cabin that he owned. The ...

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  • July 1, 1997

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