S. Dakota kills bill from survivors of Catholic school abuse
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Legislature has killed a proposal to open a two-year window for victims of childhood sexual abuse to file lawsuits against organizations in which the abuse occurred.
Lawmakers heard emotional testimony from a woman who described how she and other young children were raped and abused during the 1950s and 1960s at a Catholic boarding school for Native Americans. For nearly a decade, a group of nine sisters has made their case to lawmakers in Pierre.
The women argued that lawmaker inaction keeps organizations unaccountable for sexual abuse and could allow future abuse.