NJ high court looks at child sex abuse law

Philly.com – David Porter – The Associated Press

Trenton, N.J. – R.L. was 10 when he contends his stepfather began sexually abusing him and telling him “it might not be a good idea” for him to tell anyone.

But he says that he had a flashback in September 1999 and that in early 2002, during a conversation with a co-worker, he began to realize the extent of what had happened to him and how it had affected his life.

The passage of time between 1999 and 2002 is at the heart of a case that could alter how child sex abuse complaints are filed and prosecuted in New Jersey.