SNAP Applauds the Passage of an Adult Survivors Bill in California
Last week Governor Gavin Newsom signed California Assembly Bill 2777 into law. In addition to extending the civil statute of limitations for sexual assaults against adults, The Sexual Abuse and Cover Up Accountability Act also opens a window to justice for survivors of sexual assault who were attacked as adults. The length of the window depends on when the abuse occurred. It is a 1-year window for abuse at any time and a 3-year window for survivors who were abused on or after January 1, 2009.
SNAP commends California lawmakers for changing the existing statute and for opening this civil window. This is a huge victory for survivors’ rights in the state. There can be no justice without truth, and unless someone raises their voice to speak the truth, there will be no justice.
"We believe all survivors deserve to have their day in court and hope that other states will follow in New Jersey, New York, and California’s footsteps and pass their own version of this important legislation," said SNAP Leader Dorothy Small, who was sexually assaulted by a Catholic priest as an adult.
We hope that the passage of California Assembly Bill 2777 will encourage victims of sexual violence, no matter their age or where their abuse occurred, to come forward and seek the justice they deserve. We also hope that those who may have reported in the past but were ignored or fell victim to archaic, predator-friendly laws will find the strength to go through the process one more time to find healing and accountability.
CONTACT: Dorothy Small, SNAP Sacramento ([email protected], 530-908-3676), Melanie Sakoda, SNAP Survivor Support Coordinator ([email protected], 925-708-6175), Mike McDonnell, SNAP Communications Manager ([email protected] 267-261-0578) Zach Hiner, SNAP Executive Director ([email protected], 517-974-9009) Shaun Dougherty, SNAP Board President ([email protected], 814-341-8386)
(SNAP, the Survivors Network, has been providing support for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings for more than 30 years. We have more than 25,000 survivors and supporters in our network. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)