AURORA, Colo. (KDVR) – Colorado sexual assault victims now have a new opportunity to file lawsuits against their former abusers.
The New laws enacted effective January 1 and creates a new cause of action, effectively setting time limits in cases from 1960. Victims have three years or until January 1, 2025, to file previous requests has been subject to a time limit.
“At some point during my freshman year, he started sexually assaulting me and using his position of trust to trick me or force me to do these things,” Angelica Saupe said. learned she was sexually assaulted at her high school. basketball coach. Saupe said this happened between 2000 and 2004 when she was a student at Rangeview High School and played on the basketball team.
According to Saupe, her coach sexually abused her during her four years there. She said the majority of abuse happens on campus but sometimes happens off campus as well.
“You feel like you did something wrong and admit it is hard. You feel like you’re about to get in trouble,” Saupe said.
A new path after the 2007 police report was denied
The lawsuit states that Saupe “realized at some point that the conduct was criminal, but felt powerless to report it out of fear of reprisal as a student athlete and for society as a whole.” Society does not respond to petty accusations and falls victim to victimization. .
Plaintiff reported this about three years later (approximately 20 years old) when she felt strong enough to
exposed to harsh reality and face the system.
“Around March 2007, Angelica’s memories flared up and she faced her fear by
File a police report with Aurora PD. Aurora PD informed Angelica that her request
has been ‘temporarily barred’ by the Colorado statute and prosecution will not
move forward, the case is closed. ”
James Avery, her Attorney with Denver Injury Law, is handling a number of different cases under this new law.
Avery said: “The new law has raised the profile of the restrictions and opened up cases against the organizations that were secondly responsible in these cases. He said it is often difficult for teenagers and children to report abuse to other adults due to all the psychological effects, but the new law will give them a second chance.
“This allows her to go to court like she was 19 or 20 years old,” Avery said.
“He is living his best life for the past 22 years while I am living a life that affects me in so many ways,” Saupe said. Saupe said she hopes she gets the justice she deserves.
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