SALT LAKE CITY (News4Utah) – Kristy Johnson is suing her father civilly because she says he sexually abused her throughout her childhood. But she can’t sue the institution she says protected him from the legal consequences of his actions.
The civil statute of limitations was lifted by recent legislature in the case of childhood sexual abuse, but the law only refers to individuals, not institutions. Representative Angela Romero says, many are trying to change that. “We have laws in place where a perpetrator is held accountable for what they are doing, and if an institution is protecting that person or they’re not sharing the information they need to with law enforcement, they should be held accountable too.”
A documentary film crew recorded much of Johnson’s story; the documentary “Glass Temples” premiers Thursday night at the Salt Lake City Public Library.
Watch our on-air report and a full recording of Thursday’s press conference above.