The Maryland Child Victim Act (CVA), which went into effect on October 1, 2023, marks a significant milestone in the fight for justice for survivors of childhood sexual abuse. This transformative law removes the civil statute of limitations, empowering survivors to initiate lawsuits against their abusers, no matter how long ago the abuse occurred.
In institutions like schools, churches, and other organizations, individuals who have suffered such abuse can now take decisive legal steps under the provisions of the CVA.
The legal landscape, however, presents certain complexities, especially in cases of clergy sexual abuse. Since the Archdiocese of Baltimore has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, survivors may need to navigate the bankruptcy court system to seek compensation. This filing complicates the process and requires deep legal know-how.
A troubling report released in April of 2023 from the Attorney General notes that over 150 perpetrators in the Archdiocese of Baltimore committed sexual abuse against 600 victims spanning decades.
The law’s enactment is likely to open the floodgates to a large number of cases. How the courts will manage this influx remains to be seen, and it could be a while before cases start appearing in court as attorneys work meticulously to build solid cases for plaintiffs.
Legal action is a significant step requiring careful thought and skilled guidance. If you or someone you know is a survivor seeking to file a case under Maryland’s Child Victim Act, Potter Burnett Law is here to help. We are currently evaluating these cases and offer a compassionate, experienced approach to assist in navigating the complex legal landscape.
Reach out to us at (301) 820-7820 to schedule a consultation to explore your options and take the first step toward seeking the justice you deserve.