On tort reform and unintended consequence in sexual abuse cases

“If you rape a child, you get the benefit of tort reform." That comment, from the lawyer of a woman who was raped as a teenager by a youth pastor in Ohio, sums up the problem covered in a recent Slate article, which explains how damages caps can limit the recovery for victims of sexual violence. The article focuses on a case in which a verdict was cut from $3.5 million to $250,000.

The question whether Ohio's cap on damages is unconstitutional as applied to sexual assault cases is now before the Ohio Supreme Court.

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