New Study Points to the Importance of Civil Justice for Survivors of Sexual Abuse

A new study has been released today from the Center for Justice and Democracy at New York Law School and the findings are important for survivors of sexual abuse and their advocates.

In the study, entitled "The Importance of Civil Justice to Sexual Assault Survivors and the Devastating Consequences of 'Tort Reform,'" researchers from CJ&D analyzed how the civil justice system can provide support to survivors of sexual abuse in ways that the criminal justice system cannot. The report shows both how important civil lawsuits are for sexual assault survivors, and also the “unintended” consequences of "tort reform" laws like caps (limits) on damages.

The full 50-page study can be found here, alongside a fact sheet prepared by the researchers. We encourage everyone who is interested in the ways that civil justice and criminal justice and how these systems can support survivors to read and share this useful information from CJ&D.

 

 


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