Child Victims Act in California
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.
Child Victims Act Awareness Posters
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Senator Jim Beall (Democrat) District: 15
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
- Find contact information for your elected representatives and let them know you support the Child Victim Act!
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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 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.
News Coverage of the California Child Victims Act
Joelle Casteix, Prominent Local Catholic Church Sex-Abuse Survivor, Stars in National Campaign for Child Victim Act, OC Weekly, March 5, 2013
Being pursued for the moment on a state-by-state level, the proposed legislation would take away the statute of limitations currently imposed on sex-abuse survivors regarding civil lawsuits that has long hindered complete judgement on pedophiles, especially of the Catholic Church variety. In California, it's currently in the State Senate.
For more info on the campaign, click on the National Center for Victims of Crime website. Congrats to Casteix for her perpetual courage--and, as always, heckuva job, Brownie!