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Bill Detail: SB21-088

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Title Child Sexual Abuse Accountability Act
Status Governor Signed (07/06/2021)
Bill Subjects
  • Civil Law
  • Courts & Judicial
House Sponsors D. Michaelson Jenet (D)
M. Soper (R)
Senate Sponsors R. Fields (D)
J. Danielson (D)
House Committee Judiciary
Senate Committee Judiciary
Date Introduced 02/16/2021

The bill creates a statutory cause of action for a victim of sexual
misconduct when the victim was a minor against the actor who committed
the sexual misconduct and against an organization that operates or
manages a youth program if the sexual misconduct occurred while the
victim was participating in a youth program.
The victim may bring the claim against the organization if the

organization knew or should have known of a risk of sexual misconduct
against minors participating in the program and the organization did not
take action to address the risks or warn participants of the risk. The victim
may bring a claim against a public employee or public entity that operates
a youth program, including an educational entity operating an educational
program or a district preschool program.
The cause of action applies retroactively and is available to a
victim of sexual misconduct that occurred before, on, or after January 1,
2022. A person may not waive the right to bring a civil action, and any
purported waiver is void as against public policy.
A court or jury shall not allocate any damages awarded in the civil
action in any proportion against the victim of the sexual misconduct. A
victim may be awarded treble damages under certain circumstances.

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