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California Passes New Law To Extend Lawsuit Deadline For Adults who are Childhood Assault Survivors

Adults who are childhood sexual assault and abuse victims in California will have more time to file lawsuits under a new law signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom recently.

Childhood assault victims who are now adults, have a new opportunity to find justice, closure, and full and fair compensation. Many sexual assault victims of schools, youth organizations and churches, experience abuse and trauma decades after the initial abuse, and therefore, the law provides a new hope for these people to secure full and fair compensation and recovery.

In California, currently, sexual assault victims must file a lawsuit either by age 26 or, if already an adult, within three years of having realized their psychological injury or illness was caused by childhood abuse, whichever comes later. California Assembly Bill 218 now increases the statute of limitation to age 40, and gives adult victims who have recently discovered their abuse five years to sue.

Lawyers from Howry Breen & Herman have successfully represented adult and child victims of sexual assault and abuse against churches, dioceses, bishops, priests, schools and youth organizations in the states of Texas and California.

If you or a loved one has been sexually assaulted or abused—please don’t hesitate to contact our office for a confidential and free consultation.

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