What is the time limit to bring for a claim for sexual abuse?

| Jun 11, 2020 | Sexual Misconduct, victims of violent crime

This blog recently discussed protections victims have against government negligence when they have been harmed by negligent actions of the government. When victims of physical and emotional abuse at the hands of the government or others seek the protection of civil litigation remedies, it is important for them to be familiar with the timelines associated with bringing a claim for damages.

Important timelines that must be followed are associated with bringing a claim for damages. These timelines must be followed for a claim to be preserved. They are referred to as statutes of limitation. There are also important technical requirements associated with bringing a claim against the government that victims should be aware of.

Survivors of childhood abuse and molestation should also be aware that they may be able to bring a claim for damages against those who harmed them years after the abuse they suffered. Claims for child sexual abuse must be brought within three year of the alleged act that caused the injury or condition the victim suffers from; within three years of when the victim discovered or should have discovered the injury or condition caused by the alleged act; or within three years of when the victim discovered that the alleged act caused the injury or condition for which the claim is brought.

Legal liability protects victims of childhood sexual abuse and other sexual misconduct. Legal protections extend to both intentional and negligent actions that cause the victim harm which is why they need to be familiar with how to bring a claim for damages.