A step in the right direction
Thursday, Mar 16, 2017 06:00 am
We applaud a new bill introduced by Alberta Premier Rachel Notley to allow victims of sexual and domestic assault to have unlimited time to submit a civil claim. The government announced the tabling of Bill 2: An Act to Remove Barriers for Survivors of Sexual and Domestic Violence March 7.
Victims are currently required to submit a civil claim within two years of the offence but if the bill is passed, it will allow victims to take the time they need to heal and come forward when they are ready.
The bill would remove limitation periods for sexual assault, sexual misconduct involving a minor, intimate relationship or dependant and non-sexual assault involving a minor, intimate relationship or dependant.
We believe the bill is a positive move by the NDP government because victims of this kind of abuse should be able to take the time they need to heal before having to revisit a terrifying and vulnerable time of their lives they would rather forget.
Everyone has their own timeline and enforcing a two-year limit on a victim’s healing process applies pressure and additional stress at a time when focusing on healing should be their number 1 priority.