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LAW PRIOR TO 12/1/19

  • Victims have 3 years to file a civil lawsuit from the date of the abuse/assault.

  • If a victim was under 18 at the time of the assault, (s)he must file before his/her 21st birthday

  • Even in cases of repressed memories or other exceptions to the statute of limitations, victims must file a civil lawsuit within 10 years from the date of the defendant’s last wrongful act.This is known as the statute of repose, which prohibits victims from filing a civil lawsuit under any circumstance more than 10 years from the date of the last wrongful act committed by a defendant.

LAW AFTER 12/1/19

  • Victims have until the age of 28 to file a civil lawsuit.

  • All past stale claims (previously time-barred due to the current statute of limitations), regardless of the current age of the victim, are revived beginning in January of 2020 and continuing for two years.

  • Under the new law, childhood sexual abuse cases are exempt from the 10-year statute of repose.

  • Victims are provided with an additional two years to file a civil case following a felony conviction of a defendant who committed a sexual crime against the victim while they were a minor.

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