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Child Victims Act in California

California Governor Jerry Brown Vetoed SB 131

Read the National Center for Victims of Crime's Statement on Jerry Brown's Veto of the Child Victims Act (SB 131)

Overview of SB 131, the California Child Victims Act


In 2002, recognizing that it can take decades before victims of child sex abuse can come forward, or even recognize how they have been harmed, California amended the civil statute of limitations with a two-prong approach to give victims an opportunity for  justice. Under a "delayed discovery" provision, victims could file suit within three years of when they discover that their current injury or condition was causally related to the childhood sex abuse. For victims who had previously made their causal connection or whose statute of limitations had otherwise expired, the legislature created a one-year "window" in which victims could file a civil suit without regard to the statute of limitations.

The Quarry bothers were sexually abused in the 1970's, but did they did not recognize how they were harmed by the abuse until the late 2000's. They filed suit within three years of making the causal connection.  In 2012, the California Supreme Court ruled that the delayed discovery provision did not apply to the Quarrys because the language of the statute was not explicitly retroactive.  Consequently, their statute of limitations expired when the civil window closed  in 2003.  In effect, the court ruled that the law required them to file suit before they even knew they had been harmed.

SB 131, the California Child Victims Act, will do three things:

  1. It will make retroactive the delayed discovery provisions of 340.1 to comply with California Supreme Court decision in the Quarry case.

  1. It will provide a limited, one year, civil window to provide an opportunity for justice to those victims who were previously excluded by the technical defect of 340.1.

  1. 340.1 requires a victim suing a third-party to allege in his or her initial pleading specific proof that the defendant had notice of the sexual abuse.  The proof of this knowledge is usually documented in the defendant’s own files.  SB 131 would allow the parties to conduct discovery before the court could rule on a motion to dismiss for failure to allege proof of notice.
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The Problem

The sexual abuse of children is a public health epidemic in the United States. Recent child sex abuse cases at Penn State University, the release of documents concerning sexual abuse and the Boy Scouts and consistent reports of abuse within California institutions such as Miramonte Elementary School are recent examples.

Research has shown that as many as one in four women and one in five men suffered abuse as a child and that almost 90% of abuse never gets reported.  Those that do come forward find themselves barred by the legal technicality of a statute of limitation. Considering how long victims often take to find the courage to speak out, statutes of limitation are woefully short and act as an arbitrary barrier to justice.

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The National Center for Victims of Crime Calls for a National Commission on Child Sex Abuse

November 16, 2015
Contact: Tara Ballesteros  tballesteros@ncvc.org – 202-467-8743

Washington, DC – Earlier today, in Lafayette Park, across from the White House, the National Center for Victims of Crime joined more than 25 other groups to announce the formation of a coalition to ask the Obama Administration to institute a National Commission on the Sexual Abuse of Children.  The Catholic Whistleblowers, the dedicated clergy and former clergy of the Catholic Church committed to child protection formed the group as Catholic bishops gather for their annual meeting in Baltimore. 

Following over a decade trying to work from inside the Church, the Catholic Whistleblowers are asking the President to institute a broad-ranging commission to study child sex abuse in all settings along the lines of the groundbreaking Australia Royal Commission on Institutional Abuse. 

“33 years ago, President Reagan had the compassion and courage to create a presidential commission on crime victims’ rights.  That commission brought assistance to victims often overlooked by the criminal justice system.  Today we ask President Obama to have the same courage and compassion to create the National Commission on the Sexual Abuse of Children to provide needed assistance to our most vulnerable victims,” commented Mai Fernandez, Executive Director of the National Center for Victims of Crime.  

The groups asking for the National Commission include:           

American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) (Michael L. Haney)

American Humanist Association (Roy Speckhart, Matt Bulger)

Catholic Whistleblowers (Rev. Jim Connell, Tom Doyle, etc.)

Child Friendly Faith Program  (Janet Heimlich)

Child Justice, Inc.  (Eileen King)

Foundation to Abolish Child Sex Abuse (FACSA) (John Salveson)

Foundation for Survivors of Abuse (FSA) (Deondra Brown)

Horace Mann Action Coalition  (HMAC) (Peter Brooks)

Justice4PaKids (Maureen Cislo)

KidSafe Foundation (Sally Berenzweig)

Lauren’s Kids (Claire VanSusteren)

MaleSurvivor  (Christopher Anderson)

National Association of Adult Survivors of Child Abuse (NAACSA) (Bill Murray)

National Black Church Initiative  (NBCI) (Rev. Anthony Evans)

National Center for Victims of Crime  (NCVC)(Jeff Dion)

National Organization of Forensic Social Work (Viola Vaughan Eden)

National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence Across the Lifespan (NPEIV) 

   (Sandi Capuano Morrison)

National Survivor Advocates Coalition (NSAC)

Peaceful Hearts Foundation (Matt Sandusky)

Road to Recovery (Robert Hoatson)

SNAP   (David Clohessy, Barbara Blaine)

Speaking Truth to Power (STTOP)

Stop the Silence (Pamela Pine)

Survivors and Clergy Leadership Alliance (Peter Isely)

Together We Heal (David Pittman)

Turning Point  (Kristen Woolley)

Vertigo Charitable Foundation (Valerie Gibson)

Voice Today (Angela Williams, Marlan Wilbanks)