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I am a Survivor

If you are a survivor of Child Sex Abuse and are willing to share your story with advocates, legislators, committees, or media, please let us know. 

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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

 

 

Sign the Petition to Support the Child Victims Act

Become a part of the national movement to protect children and hold abusers and those who harbor them accountable. 

This One Minute petition will help victims of child sexual abuse of all ages.

Authors:

Senator Jim Beall (Democrat) District: 15

Where is this Bill?

Senate Bill 131: Track this bill

Read the Child Victims Act

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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Need Help?

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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The National Center for Victims of Crime Remembers the Victims and Survivors of Pulse

​June 12, 2017

One year ago, the lives of countless individuals and the fabric of a community were forever altered. Today, on the first anniversary of the Pulse Nightclub Shooting, the National Center for Victims of Crime honors the lives of the victims, the courage and resilience of the survivors, and the compassion of the Orlando community and people around the world.

The outpouring of generosity in the wake of unimaginable horror was extraordinary. The National Center’s National Compassion Fund, together with our community partners Equality Florida and the City of Orlando, distributed over $32 million through the OneOrlando Fund to more than 300 victims and their families.

Support came from every corner of humanity: from individuals, corporations, employees, students, small businesses, alumni groups, and beyond. Whenever we asked for anything for the victims and survivors, the offers were plentiful. Donations ranged from $10 to millions, from lunches for the survivors to plane tickets for family members, and the National Center was privileged to be a part of the collective response. 

As the survivors continue to process their grief and struggle with trauma, we are comforted to know that the light in the world is brighter than the darkness and that kindness and compassion will triumph over hate and violence.  Today and always, we will hold each other closer, honor the survivors, and celebrate Pride the way we know those taken from us would have wanted.

 

The National Center for Victims of Crime is the nation’s leading resource and advocacy organization for crime victims and those who serve them. The National Compassion Fund, a program of the National Center, provides a single, trusted way for the public to donate directly to victims of a mass crime and was developed in partnership with victims and family members of past mass casualty crimes, including those from Sandy Hook, Aurora, Virginia Tech, Oak Creek Temple, NIU, Columbine, and 9/11. The Fund serves donors by honoring their intent and crime victims by distributing donations directly to them, in a fair and transparent way.