July 29, 2020

During a virtual press conference on Wednesday to celebrate the 10th anniversary of a landmark Florida law benefiting childhood sex abuse victims, participants mentioned Colorado’s failure to pass a similar measure in the 2020 session.

“It’s time to do the right thing to fight crime and to help survivors,” said Joelle Casteix, a sex abuse survivor who successfully sued the Catholic Church in California. “There’s a very similar battle going on in Colorado right now. A bill was recently pulled because it didn’t have that retroactivity.”

Michael Dolce, an attorney and survivor who worked with Robinson on the statute of limitations elimination, said that “Florida is safer for children than it was 10 years ago,” and he hoped other states would follow suit. Dolce said that in his experience, he has brought at least half a dozen cases in recent years that were only possible because of the extended window to sue. Aaronberg added that his special victims unit uses the law “all the time,” and those prosecutors wish the same unlimited timing were available to adult survivors.

Dolce, the attorney, explained that Florida's "constitutional strictures" were the reason why a retroactive provision had not passed in his state. The general feeling among the group that worked on HB1296 was that Colorado's constitution was similarly prohibitive.

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