HR 4703 (Masha's law)

Date: 2006-02-07
Source: govtrack.us

Amends the federal criminal code to allow any person who was the victim of a sexual crime while a minor to sue in federal court for damages for resulting injury, regardless of whether the injury occurred while such person was a minor. (Current law allows a minor who is the victim of a sexual crime to sue.) Increases from $50,000 to $150,000 the minimum amount of damages such a victim shall be deemed to have sustained.


HR 4703 IH

109th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 4703

To provide meaningful civil remedies for victims of the sexual exploitation of children.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 7, 2006

Mr. GINGREY (for himself and Mr. TIERNEY) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


A BILL

To provide meaningful civil remedies for victims of the sexual exploitation of children.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. CIVIL REMEDIES.

(a) In General- Section 2255(a) of title 18, United States Code, is amended--

(1) in the first sentence--

(A) by striking `(a) Any minor who is' and inserting the following:

(a) In General- Any person who, while a minor, was';

(B) by inserting after `such violation' the following: `, regardless of whether the injury occurred while such person was a minor,'; and

(C) by striking `such minor' and inserting `such person'; and

(2) in the second sentence--

(A) by striking `Any minor' and inserting `Any person'; and

(B) by striking `$50,000' and inserting `$150,000'.

(b) Conforming Amendment- Section 2255(b) of title 18, United States Code, is amended by striking `(b) Any action' and inserting the following:

(b) Statute of Limitations- Any action'

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