CURRENT LAWS

FOR CHILD PROTECTION

CHILD USA tracks laws that put children at risk so that we can study and improve those laws to prevent abuse and neglect.

Click on the map below for each state’s statutes of limitation (SOLs) for child sex abuse, age of marriage, medical neglect, and religious liberty statutes:

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Topics Include:

  • Best Practices for Litigating Child Sex Abuse Civil Cases
  • Proving the Elements of Child Sexual Abuse
  • Damages and Recovery in a Child Sex Abuse Case
  • Child Sex Abuse, Religious Institutions, and the First Amendment
  • Litigating Child Pornography and the Online Exploitation of Children
  • Litigating Sex Trafficking Cases

CHILD USA’s Legal Team

Marci Hamilton, Esq.

Founder & CEO

Alice Bohn, Esq.

Legal Director

Alice Nasar Hanan, Esq.

Staff Attorney

Lauren Majewski, Esq.

Staff Attorney

Jessica Schidlow, Esq.

Staff Attorney

CHILD USA’s Legal Reports

ANNUAL STATUTES OF LIMITATION REPORT 

HISTORY OF CHILD SEX ABUSE SOL REFORM SINCE 2002

National overview of the movement to prevent child sex abuse and empower victims through statutes of limitation reform since 2002. This report includes an overview of the current and prior criminal and civil SOLs in each of the 50 States and US Territories, the recent trends in SOL reform, a focus on revival windows and discovery rules and CHILD USA’s rankings of each state’s SOLs.   

History of US SOL Reform: 2002-2020 (February 2021)

History of US SOL Reform: 2002-2019 (May 2020)

 

 

2020 U.S. DISCOVERY RULE REPORT

DISCOVERY TOLLING OF CIVIL SOLS FOR CHILD SEX ABUSE CLAIMS

National overview of statutory and common law discovery rules for civil child sex abuse claims.  There is a discovery rule that could toll the SOL for child sex abuse claims in 41 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. This report includes an overview of the public policy for tolling SOLs until a victim discovers their injuries, the historical development of the adoption of discovery rules for child sex abuse, each state’s current discovery rule and CHILD USA’s rankings of each state’s discovery rule. 

Combined SOL map and data 2020

STATUTES OF LIMITATION TRACKER

CHILD USA leads the national SOL reform movement and tracks every SOL reform bill for child sex abuse introduced in state legislatures across the country. Our SOL Tracker provides an overview of all pending bills and new laws and is updated on a weekly basis. It also highlights states that have eliminated SOLs and revived expired claims.

2021 SOL TRACKER

2020 SOL TRACKER

2019 SOL TRACKER

2018 SOL TRACKER

 

OVERVIEW OF ALL WINDOW AND REVIVAL LAWS

An overview of all window and revival laws for child sex abuse in the United States, which includes laws in 19 states, Washington D.C. and Guam.

LIST OF OPEN WINDOWS AND REVIVAL LAWS HELPING SURVIVORS INTO 2021 

Revival windows are now open in California, Kentucky, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, Vermont, Washington D.C. and Guam, and several states have revived claims until a survivor reaches a certain age, ranging from 27-55 years old.

RELATIVE SUCCESS OF REVIVAL WINDOWS

Memo tracks the number of civil lawsuits filed by survivors in each state with a revival/window law. Data is current as of January 1, 2019, and an updated report will be available soon.

DELAYED DISCLOSURE OF CHILD SEX ABUSE FACTSHEET

A factsheet based on cutting-edge research on child sex abuse. It is a medical fact that the average age a person discloses they were sexually abused as a child is age 52.

2020 REPORT ON CHILD MARRIAGE IN THE UNITED STATES

A national overview of current child marriage laws in each state. The movement to end child marriage in the United States is growing, and CHILD USA is dedicated to reforming the laws to ensure children are not married before the age of 18.

RELIGIOUS EXEMPTIONS TO MEDICAL CARE

An explanation of religious exemptions to medical care and why they need to be eliminated

We are investigating the states with inadequate protection laws against child sex abuse, maltreatment, physical abuse, and neglect.

The information regarding child protection laws provided is solely for informational purposes and is not legal advice. To determine the law in a particular sex abuse or maltreatment case, contact a lawyer in the state.

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