Normally a person, who has been injured by someone else, including by childhood sexual abuse, has a limited amount of time to file their lawsuit. It is called the statute of limitations and for many injuries (not all) in California you would have to file your case within two years of the injury. Sometimes the statute of limitations is shorter and in other instances, it may be longer.
Other States like New York and New Jersey have already passed legislation extending the statute of limitations for people who had suffered sexual abuse as minors, and in December 2019, California did the same.
The law signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom gives victims of childhood sexual abuse until age 40, or five years from discovery of the abuse, to file lawsuits against their abusers.
After extending the statute of limitations in New York, it’s reported that hundreds of lawsuits have been filed against entities like the Boy Scouts, schools and the Catholic Church. It’s expected that lawsuits like this will be filed in California as well.
If you’ve been a victim of childhood sexual abuse, please call us for a free, confidential consultation at (800) 308-0870 or write to us using our contact form to see what your options are under the new law and whether there is anything we can do to help.
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