How to File a Sexual Abuse Claim as an Adult Survivor
If you were sexually abused as a child, you may be wondering if it’s possible for you to pursue legal action. It can be intimidating and overwhelming to consider filing a sexual abuse claim, but it is very much possible—even as an adult—and there are resources available to help you through the process. This blog will discuss the statute of limitations when it comes to filing a sexual abuse claim, and the steps survivors of child sexual abuse should take when pursuing a claim.
What is the Statute of Limitations?
The statute of limitations (SOL) is the amount of time an individual has to file a lawsuit or legal action in court after an incident or injury. To file a civil suit for sexual abuse, one must comply with the SOL for their state. The SOL varies from state to state, so it is important to know your state’s laws before filing any type of legal action. In most cases, states allow up to two years after the victim reaches adulthood (18 years old), though some states have extended this period by several years or even eliminated it altogether in certain contexts, such as criminal prosecution or civil claims against institutions like churches and schools. Additionally, many states have what are known as “tolling provisions,” which can extend the deadline if certain conditions are met, such as if evidence was not known until recently.
Filing A Civil Claim
Filing a civil claim is one way that survivors can seek justice and closure after being sexually abused as children. In order to pursue such a claim, survivors should first contact an experienced national sexual abuse lawyer who can identify the appropriate statutes of limitation and advise them on other legal matters related to their case. At The Zalkin Law Firm, P.C., we specialize in representing victims and understand how emotionally challenging this process can be for survivors. We also have access to resources that may be beneficial for victims seeking financial compensation for their suffering or damages incurred from their abuser's actions.
Seeking Justice & Closure
Survivors of child sexual abuse deserve justice and closure after enduring such trauma at such vulnerable ages; however, due to statutes of limitations, many survivors may find themselves unable to pursue legal action by the time they reach adulthood and become aware of what happened (or able) during childhood. That being said, filing a civil lawsuit is still possible in many cases depending on individual circumstances; thus, speaking with an experienced attorney is always advised in order determine eligibility and next steps when considering pursuing a claim against your abuser(s).
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