On February 16, 2018 California Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher introduced legislation to change the statute of limitations for childhood sexual assault. Assembly Bill No. 3120 proposes amendments to Sections 340.1 and 1002 of the California Code of Civil Procedure and Section 905 of the Government Code relating to childhood sexual abuse.
Assembly Bill No. 3120 expands the definition of childhood sexual abuse, which would instead refer to childhood sexual assault. The bill also eliminates the time limit for commencing an action for recovery of damages suffered as a result of the childhood sexual assault. Additionally, Assembly Bill No. 3120 would eliminate the statute of limitations for actions against any person or entity who owed a duty of care to the plaintiff if an intentional, wrongful or negligent act by that person or entity was a legal cause of the childhood sexual assault that resulted in injury to the plaintiff. Furthermore, Assembly Bill No. 3120 would provide victims of childhood sexual assault with increased damages if an institution or person covered up the sexual abuse.
“It is outrageous that someone who was sexually assaulted as a child can actually run out of time to seek justice before they’re ready to come forward and tell their story. We’ve seen in case after case that survivors might need decades before they’re prepared to hold their abusers accountable. They should have all the time they need.”
- Assemblywoman Gonzalez Fletcher
February 16, 2018