Maryland delegate’s effort to allow child abuse lawsuits clears hurdle

 C.T. Wilson gathered his courage, told his colleagues in the Maryland House of Delegates about how he was sexually abused as a child and urged them to allow child victims more time to file lawsuits against their attackers.

The first two times he did that, the Charles County Democrat saw his proposal die in a House committee without even being called for a vote.

But this year, he may have prevailed. The House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday approved legislation to let victims file lawsuits until they’re 38 years old — 13 years later than current law allows. And Thursday morning, the full House advanced Wilson’s bill to a final vote.

“I had no idea it was going to pass” out of committee, Wilson said. “I figured I would fight every year.”