Supreme Court Hearings - Shirley Christensen v. Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Quebec
Shirley Christensen v. Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Quebec, et al. - October 13, 2010
Shirley Christensen filed a lawsuit against the the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Quebec in 2007. She alleges that Paul-Henri Lachance, a priest, sexually abused her in the early 1980s when she was a child. Lachance was convicted and sentenced to 18 months in jail in 2009. The issue in this appeal is Quebec's three-year prescription or limitation period on civil lawsuits. In Quebec, victims or their parents can only sue their abusers within three years of a sexual assault. Christensen argues that she was psychologically incapable of bringing the case to light earlier. She is seeking $250,000 in damages.