Sexual Abuse Victims
On May 13, 2019, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed into law a bill which eases the time limits on filing sexual offense civil lawsuits.
Under the new law, New Jersey sexual abuse survivors and victims now have an extension of time, or longer statute of limitations, to file legal actions, and have access to a broader category of potential liability against institutions that allow or harbor these acts.
This new law will take effect December 1, 2019.
In short, New Jersey has now created a two-year window for parties to bring previously time-barred actions based on sexual abuse.
The new law provides:
- A two-year window for adults and minors to file any civil case alleging adult or minor sexual abuse that occurred in the past;
- People who were abused as minors can still file a lawsuit until 55 years old;
- People who were abused as minors that are now older than 55 who claim problems in recognizing past abuse can still file a lawsuit within seven years from the time they recall past abuse.
In addition, New Jersey private and public institutions who harbor sexual predators can be held civilly liable, as well as any individual who knowingly allowed the sexual abuse to occur.
Presently, New Jersey has one of the most expansive laws on redressing sexual abuse victims’ damages.
If you or someone you know is a past or present victim of sexual abuse, please contact me immediately to discuss your legal rights to claim damages.