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Legislature urged to lengthen time to sue in abuse cases

Bill would extend limit to age 55

A lawyer who helped lead an $85 million child sexual abuse settlement against the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston before revealing that he had been a victim of child molestation urged state lawmakers to raise the statute of limitations on sexual abuse lawsuits.

The measure, heard Tuesday by the Legislature’s Judiciary Committee, would give victims until age 55 to file civil claims against their alleged attackers. Under current Massachusetts law, most victims have only ­until age 21 to bring civil lawsuits, according to backers of the legislation.

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