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California Legislation

“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

On January, 19, 2019 California Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher introduced legislation to change the statute of limitations for childhood sexual assault. Assembly Bill No. 218 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.

If passed, Assembly Bill No. 218 would:

    ● Expand the definition of childhood sexual abuse, which would instead be referred to as childhood sexual assault.
    ● Increase the time limit for commencing an action for recovery of damages suffered as a result of childhood sexual assault to the age of 40 or within 5 years of the date the survivor discovers that psychological injury or illness occurring after the age of 18 was caused by sexual assault (whichever is later).
    ● Provide a three-year window for previously time-barred claims to be filed.

Read the complete Assembly Bill 218.

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