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South Dakota kills bill from survivors of Catholic school abuse

PIERRE, S.D. — The South Dakota Legislature has killed a proposal to open a two-year window for victims of childhood sexual abuse to file lawsuits against organizations in which the abuse occurred.

Lawmakers heard emotional testimony from a woman who described how she and other young children were raped and abused during the 1950s and 1960s at a Catholic boarding school for Native Americans.

For nearly a decade, a group of nine sisters has made their case to lawmaker in Pierre.

The women argued that lawmakers inaction keeps organizations unaccountable for sexual abuse and could allow future abuse.

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