A survivor of childhood sexual abuse at the hands of a relative, Roseanne Sliney worked hard as an adult to overcome the trauma and find healing. But when she sued her abuser in 2012, her case was dismissed because the statute of limitations for civil claims had passed — a common occurrence for many.

So, Sliney turned to Beacon Hill and worked with lawmakers to pass a law extending the statute of limitations to when a survivor is 53 years old. The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the new law in 2014, and on Monday, a judge from the Middlesex Superior Court ruled in her favor in her lawsuit, ordering her abuser to pay up to $1.6 million.

Jim Braude was joined by Roseanne Sliney and her attorney, Carmen Durso, who was also one of the lead counsels representing 552 clergy sex abuse survivors.