AN ACT FURTHER REGULATING THE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS FOR FILING CIVIL DAMAGE SUITS BY MINOR VICTIMS OF SEXUAL ABUSE.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same,
Chapter 260 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 1992 Official Edition,
is hereby amended by inserting after
section 4B the following section:-
Section 4C. Actions for assault and battery alleging the defendant
sexually abused a minor shall be commenced within three years of the acts
alleged to have caused an injury or condition or within three years of the
time the victim discovered or reasonably should have discovered that an
emotional or psychological injury or condition was caused by said act,
whichever period expires later; provided, however, that the time limit for
commencement of an action under this section is tolled for a child until
the child reaches eighteen years of age.
For purposes of this section, "sexual abuse" shall mean the
commission of any act against a minor as set forth in section thirteen B,
thirteen H, twenty-two, twenty-two A, twenty-three, twenty-four or
twenty-four B of chapter two hundred and sixty-five or section two, three,
four, four A, four B, seven, eight, thirteen, seventeen,
twenty-nine A, thirty-four, thirty-five or thirty-five A of chapter two
hundred and seventy-two.