SNAP Applauds the Passage of Assembly Bill 218

A bill that will support California survivors of child sexual abuse and help protect today's children has just passed in the California Assembly. It now heads to the governor’s desk for his signature. We applaud California lawmakers for passing this bill and hope that the governor will sign it immediately.

Assembly Bill 218 will extend the statute of limitations for lawsuits for damages. Victims of childhood sexual violence will have until they are 40 years old to file a civil suit, a significant increase from the current age of 26 and a serious help to survivors who may be suffering in silence. The bill will also open a three-year “window” that would allow anyone, no matter how old they are or how long ago their abuse occurred, to file a lawsuit, even if their claim is already beyond the statute of limitations.

This “window to justice” will allow important information about abusers and their enablers to be exposed, helping to create safer, more informed communities. In cases where the criminal statute of limitations has expired, this may well be the only avenue to expose these "hidden predators" and those who covered up for them.

We are grateful to Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez for introducing and championing this bill from its inception to today’s passage. Her leadership was critical in getting it across the finish line, and we hope that other legislators around the country will follow in her footsteps and introduce needed reforms in their own states.

CONTACT: Esther Hatfield Miller, SNAP Los Angeles (estherhatfield@yahoo.com, 562-673-9442), Dan McNevin, SNAP Oakland (dmcnevin@aol.com, 415-341-6417), Joey Piscitelli, SNAP Northern California (caljoey1@aol.com, 925-262-3699) Melanie Sakoda, SNAP San Francisco (melanie.sakoda@gmail.com, 925-708-6175) Zach Hiner, Executive Director (zhiner@snapnetwork.org, 517-974-9009)

(SNAP, the Survivors Network, has been providing support for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings for 30 years. We have more than 25,000 survivors and supporters in our network. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)


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