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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

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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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 Opens to Support Victims of Las Vegas Shooting

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

October 3, 2017

Contacts:
GoFundMe: press@gofundme.com     ​
National Center for Victims of Crime:
Tara Ballesteros 202-467-8743 or tballesteros@ncvc.org

National Compassion Fund Opens to Support Victims of the Las Vegas Shooting 
100% of all donations collected are distributed directly to victims and their families

Washington, DC – The National Center for Victims of Crime, in close collaboration with GoFundMe, and state and local officials, has opened the National Compassion Fund Las Vegas to support those injured and killed in the horrific attack at the Route 91 Harvest festival.  The National Compassion Fund was established by the National Center for Victims of Crime, with the guidance and support from families of mass shootings over the past eighteen years, as a safe and transparent way to give to victims directly.  It is the only straight-to-victim fund of its kind in the country.

In response to the mass shooting, the National Compassion Fund and GoFundMe, the world’s largest social fundraising platform, are collaborating to serve victims by maximizing resources and ensuring a victim-centered, transparent distribution process. With a community of more than 40 million donors, GoFundMe is changing the way the world gives. The National Center for Victims of Crime, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and an authority on how victims are compensated for loss, will assist with the fundraising effort and coordinate the distribution of proceeds from other GoFundMe campaigns.

There are several ways to donate:

  • GoFundMe Direct Impact Fund: www.gofundme.com/HelpLasVegas
  • Online at www.NationalCompassionFund.org
  • By mail.  Make checks payable to the  National Compassion Fund Las Vegas and send to:
    National Center for Victims of Crime
    ATTN: National Compassion Fund Las Vegas
    2000 M Street, NW, Suite 480
    Washington, DC 20036 

The National Compassion Fund, together with Equality Florida’s GoFundMe campaign and the City of Orlando distributed over $32 million to victims of the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting. The Christina Grimmie Foundation, with a social media following of 3.5 million, also stands in support of the victims of the Las Vegas shooting along with more than 120 survivors of past mass events.

“We are devastated. Our hearts go out to all the victims, their families, and those injured in this atrocity. The National Compassion Fund is honored to join forces with GoFundMe to increase charitable giving and help meet the overwhelming needs of the victims,” said Mai Fernandez, Executive Director of the National Center for Victims of Crime. 

“From all of us here at GoFundMe, I want to extend our deepest condolences to the victims of this heinous attack, their families, and the Las Vegas community,” said Rob Solomon, CEO of GoFundMe. “During this time of mourning and healing, we are proud to support the National Compassion Fund in providing direct and transparent help to victims of this shooting.” 

If donors would like to make a tax-deductible donation towards GoFundMe campaigns for the victims of the horrific shooting, they can make a contribution to the Direct Impact Fund. It is an independent, registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that selects campaigns and charities for the GoFundMe community to support. When a donor supports the Direct Impact Fund via www.gofundme.com/HelpLasVegas, the funds will be distributed to charities, including the National Compassion Fund, and verified GoFundMe campaigns created to help people directly affected by the shooting.

The National Compassion Fund was founded in collaboration with parents and family members from some of the worst mass casualty events in U.S. history – September 11th , Columbine, Virginia Tech, Northern Illinois University, Aurora, Oak Creek Sikh Temple and Newtown.  Since then families from shootings in Tucson, Isla Vista (Santa Barbara), Alturas, CA, Roseburg, OR (Umpqua), San Bernardino and Orlando have also endorsed the Fund. Unlike other charitable funds, 100% of donations are distributed directly to the established victim base of these terrible atrocities. The Fund preserves the intent of donors who want to know that their gift is going directly to those harmed and will not be used for other purposes.

“We trust the National Compassion Fund. We know first-hand how much victims/survivors will need the financial support. If you want every penny of your donation to go directly to the victims, this is the fund to fulfill that intent,” said Anita Busch, spokesperson for the families of past mass shootings.

The National Compassion Fund is overseen and administered by the National Center for Victims of Crime and 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 as they are integral to the distribution process. Expert panelists serve in a volunteer capacity. The fund is completely transparent and will inform the public of its deliberations in the distribution of funds.

The National Compassion Fund is designed, first and foremost, to serve victims. The goal is to help victims recover and rebuild their lives after a horrific crime. 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 our VictimConnect Resource Center toll-free at 855-4-VICTIM between the hours of 8:30am and 7:30pm eastern time. 

 

About the National Center for Victims of Crime

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.

About GoFundMe

Launched in 2010, GoFundMe is the world’s largest social fundraising platform, with over $4 billion raised so far. With a community of more than 40 million donors, GoFundMe is changing the way the world gives. Find us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.