Court upholds cap on damages for Ohio woman abused as teen

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state Supreme Court has rejected a request from a woman sexually assaulted by an Ohio pastor when she was 15 years old to boost the amount of damages paid by the church where the minister worked.

Attorneys for the woman and her father argued a state law that limits noneconomic damages to $350,000 violates the constitutional rights of underage victims of sexual assault.

They argue that sexual abuse is typically more emotionally damaging than physical injury and sexually abused minors often spend years dealing with the trauma.

The court ruled 3-2 Wednesday to uphold the caps with two additional justices saying the court shouldn’t have taken the case.

Attorneys for Grace Brethren Church argued the limits placed on noneconomic damages create a fairer and predictable civil justice system.