Sexual assault is one of the most prevalent crimes in the US, yet also one of the most underreported. Over the last two decades, much work has been dedicated to change the landscape of sexual assault and to empower victims of this type of crime.
Survivors of sexual assault are coming forward with their experiences, calling out their abusers and holding organizations, such as the Catholic Church accountable for allowing the abuse.
This can be challenging for survivors, not only because of the potential for the resurfacing of trauma, but also because in many states, the statute of limitations may prevent survivors from pursuing litigation. It should never be 'too late' for justice and accountability.
In the interest of giving survivors the time they need to heal with the trauma of abuse and to decide to seek justice, a number of states, including California, have chosen to raise the statute of limitations on both civil and criminal claims of sexual abuse.
California Assembly Bill 218 not only raises the statute of limitations for childhood sexual abuse claims, but offers a look-back window — a period of time during which the California statute of limitations no longer applies, and during which a victim can file a claim, no matter how long ago the abuse occurred. The time to come forward however, is limited and all claims must be filed before January 2023.
We have worked with survivors of childhood sexual abuse for decades and understand how difficult it is to take this step. We want you to know that your privacy will be respected and protected. Your identity will remain confidential throughout the entire process.