MONTPELIER, Vt. (WFFF) – The Vermont Senate has passed a proposal to eliminate the statute of limitations in civil cases of childhood physical abuse.
The bill given unanimous approval on Tuesday builds on legislation passed two years ago that ended the statute of limitations in past childhood sexual abuse cases.
The proposal that passed Tuesday was pushed by a group of now-aging people who say they suffered physical abuse while living at the St. Joseph’s Orphanage in Burlington, which closed in 1974. In December, Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan released a report saying abuse did occur at the orphanage.
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington did not immediately return an email seeking comment.