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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

Background

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.
Not all silence is golden. Child Victims Act

 

 

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Authors:

Senator Jim Beall (Democrat) District: 15

Where is this Bill?

Senate Bill 131: Track this bill

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Key States Currently Considering the Child Victim Act

For more information on reforming statutes of limitation for child sex abuse and efforts in other states, please visit one of our advocacy partners at www.SOL-Reform.com


   
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If you are victim or adult survivor seeking assistance, please refer to our Connect Directory for a full listing of organizations that can provide help. 


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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National Compassion Fund Establishing Framework for Initial Disbursement of Emergency Funds to Victims of the Orlando Shooting

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 16, 2016
Contact: 
Tara Ballesteros  tballesteros@ncvc.org – 202-467-8743

Washington, DC The National Center for Victims of Crime, in close collaboration with Equality Florida, the state’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, has opened the National Compassion Fund Orlando to support victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando. The Fund was established as a safe and transparent way to give to victims directly and is the only straight-to-victim fund of its kind in the country.  100% of the donations are distributed directly to the established victim base.

The Fund is working with victims of this horrific event to meet their emergency needs and established a framework for an initial distribution of funds. “We understand that there are immediate and complex needs and are in contact with the authorities in Orlando to verify the victims and their families so that no fraud occurs,” commented Mai Fernandez, Executive Director of the National Center for Victims of Crime. 

The National Compassion Fund is advised by a specially constituted Expert Panel, with experience in mass crime victim compensation and the needs of crime victims. The panel also includes victim representatives from past mass casualty crimes to ensure that the voices of the victims are heard and essential to the distribution process. The Fund is completely transparent and will inform the public of its deliberations in the distribution of funds. Additionally, the Fund in partnership with Equality Florida is creating a local steering committees comprised of leaders from the LGBTQ and Latino communities.

Victims of the events in Orlando are encouraged to submit their contact information through the National Compassion Fund website http://nationalcompassionfund.org.  Information submitted will only be used to distribute applications for funding and all victims, regardless of immigration status, are eligible for funding. 

The National Compassion Fund is overseen and administered by the National Center for Victims of Crime and is designed, first and foremost, to serve victims as they recover and rebuild their lives in the aftermath of a mass casualty event. The National Center has the experience to help victims navigate this process, and to treat victims with the respect and dignity they deserve.

Victims or family members who have questions about the Fund and/or resources available should call the VictimConnect Resource Center toll-free at 855-4-VICTIM (855-484-2846) between the hours of 9am and 7pm eastern time.  Spanish speaking victim assistant specialists are available.

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For 30 years the National Center for Victims of Crime has been the nation’s leading resource and advocacy organization for crime victims and those who serve them. The National Center for Victims of Crime is a 501(c)3 nonprofit and an authority on how victims are compensated for loss.