However, in cases involving the sexual abuse of minors including child rape or molestation, the statute of limitations is extended 35 years from the date of the abuse or 7 years from the time one reasonably realizes they have been harmed by the abuse – whichever is later.
In cases involving repressed memories, the statute of limitations can be extended.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the fourth and final installment in a series of stories exploring human trafficking in Massachusetts.
The series delves into the widespread commercial sex trade in our cities and suburbs, the online marketplaces where pimps and johns buy and sell sex, cases of modern-day slavery and victims’ tales of survival.
Their population numbered in the thousands due to the richness of the environment and their cultivation of corn, beans and squash.
They were a loose confederacy made up of several tribes.
Many Wampanoag people today are enrolled in two federally recognized tribes, the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head, or four state-recognized tribes in Massachusetts.
In the beginning of the 17th century, at the time of first contact with the English, the Wampanoag lived in southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island, a territory that encompassed present-day Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket islands.
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