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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?

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Key States Currently Considering the Child Victim Act

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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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National Compassion Fund Receives $500,000 Donation from Lytton Rancheria for Victims of the Las Vegas Shooting

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

October 3, 2017

Contacts:
National Center for Victims of Crime:
Tara Ballesteros 202-467-8743 or tballesteros@ncvc.org
Lytton Rancheria: Doug Elmets 916-329-9180

100% of all donations collected will be distributed directly to victims and their families.

Washington, DC –  The National Center for Victims of Crime announced a $500,000 donation from the Lytton Rancheria Tribe, owner and operator of the San Pablo Lytton Casino in California, for victims of the mass casualty shooting in Las Vegas.

“We are extremely appreciative of the generous contribution from the Lytton Rancheria Tribe to the National Compassion Fund Las Vegas. This donation will support the needs of victims and their families throughout these dark times,” said Mai Fernandez, Executive Director of the National Center for Victims of Crime. “Moreover, their leadership in stepping forward and encouraging others to do the same sets an example for the country for how we can come together and support one another during this tragedy.”

The National Compassion Fund was established by the National Center for Victims of Crime, a 501(c)3 nonprofit and an authority on how victims are compensated for loss, 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. 

“Our Tribe is devastated by the senseless, horrifying act of violence that occurred in Las Vegas this week,” said Lytton Tribal Chairperson Margie Mejia. “It is the Lytton Rancheria’s deepest hope that our donation will help to support the victims of this tragedy as they begin to recover and rebuild their lives. We are also hopeful that this donation will inspire others to contribute anything that they can to assist the National Compassion Fund, as 100% of all donations will be distributed directly to the victims and their families.”

The Lytton Rancheria of California and San Pablo Lytton Casino are committed to aiding programs whose efforts significantly impact those most in need. Over the last several years, the Tribe and casino contributed over $18.5 million to underserved communities throughout the nation.   

To Donate to the National Compassion Fund:

  • Text Vegas to 20222 to give $10
  • Visit NationalCompassionFund.org
  • By mail.  Please 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 promotes transparency, helps prevent fraud, and ensures the fair and equitable distribution of funds directly to victims. The Fund together with Equality Florida and the City of Orlando distributed over $32 million to more than 300 victims of the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting. 

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 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 the Lytton Band of Pomo Indians
The Lytton Band of Pomo Indians is a federally recognized tribe of Pomo Native Americans. The Lytton Band of Pomo Indians owns and operates San Pablo Lytton Casino. What began as a card room has expanded to a full-fledged casino with Class II Gaming Machines, Poker, Black Jack, Pai Gow and more.