2015 - 2016 LEGISLATURE
September 21, 2015 - Introduced by Senators Lassa,
Olsen and Ringhand,
cosponsored by Representatives
Goyke, Horlacher, A. Ott, Neylon,
Rohrkaste, C. Taylor, Shankland, Milroy, Brostoff, Ohnstad, Considine,
Jorgensen, Berceau, Hesselbein, Pope, Sargent, Sinicki, Hintz, Doyle,
Johnson, Subeck, Spreitzer and Zamarripa. Referred to Committee on
Judiciary and Public Safety.
1An Act to renumber and amend
893.587; and to create
893.587 (1) and 2
893.587 (3) of the statutes; relating to: the statute of limitations for sexual
3contact with a child.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under current law, the time a person has to bring an action (the statute of
limitations) for an injury resulting from being sexually assaulted or subject to incest
as a child, or from being subject to sexual contact by a member of the clergy as a child,
is any time before the injured party reaches the age of 35.
This bill removes the time limit for bringing those actions. In addition, the bill
applies this unlimited time period to a broader range of actions. Under the bill, there
is no limit on the time a person has to bring an action for injury resulting from being
subject, as a child, to any sexual contact by an adult or by an adult member of the
clergy. The bill also revives any cause of action that was barred by the present statute
of limitations and allows an injured party to bring that action for his or her injury
within three years after the effective date of the bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
893.587 of the statutes is renumbered 893.587 (2) and amended to 5
An action to recover damages against any person
for injury caused 2
by an act that would constitute a violation of s. 948.02, 948.025, 948.06, 948.085, or
3948.095 an adult's sexual contact with anyone under the age of 18
or by an act
4committed by an adult that
would create a cause of action under s. 895.442 shall may 5
be commenced before the injured party reaches the age of 35 years or be barred at
893.587 (1) of the statutes is created to read:
In this section:
(a) "Person" means an individual, corporation, business trust, estate, trust, 10
partnership, limited liability company, association, joint venture, or government; 11
governmental subdivision, agency, or instrumentality; public corporation; or any 12
other legal or commercial entity.
(b) "Sexual contact" has the meaning given in s. 940.225 (5) (b).
893.587 (3) of the statutes is created to read:
A cause of action described under sub. (2) that was barred by a 16
statute of limitations or a time limit in effect before the effective date of this 17
subsection .... [LRB inserts date], is revived and that action may be commenced 18
within 3 years after the effective date of this subsection .... [LRB inserts date].