Justice for Sexual Abuse Victims

Medical research shows the trauma inflicted on victims of childhood sex abuse can result in memory loss, severely affecting their ability to report the crime to authorities.  But the law fails to recognize pedophiles are using that psychological harm to help them hide from justice. We cannot allow this injustice to continue.

This year, I introduced legislation to stop child molesters from leveraging the statute of limitations to escape prosecution in both civil and criminal cases.

Senate Bill 926 would reform the criminal statute of limitations by raising the age at which an adult survivor of childhood sex abuse can seek prosecution from age 28 to 40. This bill would apply to the most egregious sex crimes against children.

In addition to SB 926, I introduce a companion bill to relax the statute of limitations for civil cases. SB 924 will raise the current age limit from 26 to 40 and extend the delayed discover—the time period a survivor has to file a civil claim once they have made the connection between their adult injuries and the abuse they suffered as children—from 3 to 5 years.

California must not allow sex abusers to turn the law on its head so they can continue to molest children.  Changing the statute of limitations will give victims more time to report crimes and allow the justice system to get child molesters off the streets.

Take Action

I hope you will join me in this important fight. Take a stand by sending a letter of support and join my Facebook page or follow me on twitter to get the latest updates including co-authors, amendments and committee analysis and actions.

Fax, mail or email your support letters to:  

Hon. Jim Beall
State Capitol Room 2068
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916)-651-4915 fax
senator.beall@senate.ca.gov

For more information or questions contact Kenton Stanhope at (916) 651-4015 or kenton.stanhope@sen.ca.gov.

 

SB 926 - Supporters 

Santa Clara County DA

Child Abuse Prevention Center

Consumer Attorneys of California

California Protective Parents Association

California Police Chiefs Association

American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

Crime Victims United California

Child Abuse Listening Mediation (CALM)

Restorative Justice International

Incest Survivors’ Speaker Bureau

National Safe Child Coalition

 

SB 924 Supporters

CA Protective Parents Association

American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

Crime Victims United California

Child Abuse Listening Mediation (CALM)

CA Police Chiefs Association

Restorative Justice International

Incest Survivors’ Speakers Bureau of CA

Child Abuse Prevention Center

Consumer Attorneys of California

National Child Safe Coalition

 

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