Louisiana supreme court hands major victory to child sexual abuse victims

Louisiana’s state supreme court on Wednesday reversed its decision to strike down a law that allowed child-molestation victims to file civil lawsuits over long-ago abuse. The decision affects all alleged abusers and their enablers – but it is particularly significant for Louisiana’s Roman Catholic church, which is facing hundreds of decades-old claims of child molestation in various state and federal courts.

“The scales of justice are finally aligned. The upholding of the Louisiana Child Victims Act allows survivors to continue on their path towards healing and justice,” says Jeff Anderson, Founder of Zero Abuse Project, in a statement following the decision.