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Langson ’73 Publishes on Child Sex Abuse

Seth Langson ’73 recently published an article titled “The Need to Fight Child Sex Abuse,” which appeared in the October 2013 issue of Trial Briefs, a publication of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice. The article discusses current laws pertaining to reporting abuse, statutes of limitations in North Carolina among other states, and discusses solutions to those issues in order to better serve the abuse victims.

Langson advocates eliminating statutes of limitations as ideal, but notes since that is unlikely to happen in some states, including North Carolina, he suggests lengthening the time in which a survivor can bring a civil action.  He also relates methods by which the statutes of limitations can sometimes be circumvented for the benefit of the victim.

Langson is one of the few attorneys in the nation to focus exclusively on cases of child sexual abuse. In April 2011, he returned to campus as part of Career Services’ Professionals in Residence series to discuss institutional cover-ups of child sex abuse.

While at Hobart, Langson majored in sociology and wrote for the Herald. He received his J.D. from Boston College. He is a member of North Carolina Advocates for Justice and The American Association of Justice. He has also been a featured speaker on proving psychological injuries and sexual abuse at professional seminars for attorneys, therapists and other organizations.

The article can be read online.