1 Victims of child sexual abuse rarely receive justice in our courts for the following reasons
1. It is challenging for a victim to produce physical evidence.
2. Latent disclosure is common with the median age of disclosure being 40 years old.
Read: Why Vicitms Don’t Tell
Adult Report of CSA
3. Lack of support for the victim to pursue legal action.
4. The emotional trauma and emotional toll on a victim is great in pursuing justice.
Child Sexual Abuse Fact Sheet
2Current National Legislative Reform
Visit SOL Reform to learn about your civil and criminal rights to pursue a case.
Click here to read the press release for President Obama to create a National Commission to stop Child Sexual Abuse.
3Recent Reform in Georgia
In July the Civil Statute was extended under House Bill 17, the Hidden Predator Act. This bill provides:
1. A two year discovery rule, which allows a survivor of child sexual abuse who has been locked out of the courts due to short civil statute of limitation to unlock courts to seek justice going forward after July 1, 2015, with a preponderance of evidence and proof of gross negligence against any entity that knew or should have known of abuse.
2. A two-year revival window for civil claims that were time barred from the courts against the perpetrator. Window will open July 1, 2015 and closes July 1 2017. Window only applies to perpetrator.
3. A victim to have open records where they were subject of an investigation so this can be used as evidence against perpetrator. Current Georgia law restricts victims of child sexual abuse from having access to their record. Records are not disclosed if criminal case has not closed.
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4 VOICE Today Continues to Fight for Victims Rights
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