CHILD SEX ABUSE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS REFORM

THE SEAN P. McILMAIL STATUTES OF LIMITATIONS RESEARCH INSTITUTE AT CHILD USA

The Sean P. McIlmail Research Institute at CHILD USA was founded in 2018 with a generous donation from the parents of Sean McIlmail. Sean was a brave clergy sex abuse victim who passed away when the stress of prosecuting Fr. Robert Brennan triggered his struggle with opioids. Sean was the only victim in Philadelphia who could prosecute due to Pennsylvania’s exceedingly short child sex abuse SOLs. The Institute, which will help preserve Sean’s legacy, is dedicated to studying and analyzing SOLs to fight for access to justice for all child sex abuse victims. Deborah and Michael McIlmail have turned their tragedy into a mission for the greater good.

WHAT IS A STATUTE OF LIMITATION (SOL)?

Statutes of limitations (SOLs) set the deadline for pressing criminal charges or filing a civil lawsuit for child sex abuse.

Most victims miss the SOLs for obtaining justice because trauma affects them in a way that causes them to delay disclosure of their abuse until they are older.  Studies show the average age child sex abuse victims disclose they were abused is 52. 

Shining light on the evidence-based pattern of delayed disclosure is a crucial component in the fight for SOL reform nationwide.

CHILD USA LEADS THE SOL REFORM MOVEMENT

SOL reform is the key to attaining justice for survivors and preventing future abuse

CHILD USA leads the national SOL reform movement to change SOLs to prevent child sex abuse and empower victims.  CHILD USA partners with our sister organization, CHILD USAdvocacy, lawmakers, advocates and victims across the United States to change SOLs to reflect the science of delayed disclosure and serve the public interest.  Our goal is to eliminate civil and criminal SOLs for chid sex abuse crimes, and revive civil claims that were unfairly blocked by short SOLs.

CHILD USA OPENS WINDOWS TO JUSTICE FOR SURVIVORS

A window is a law that revives previously time-barred civil claims for child sex abuse and allows survivors of all ages to file suits while the window is open. 

Windows are recognized as the best way to give survivors access to justice and expose hidden predators.  Already, thirteen states, Washington D.C. and Guam have opened windows for child sex abuse claims and new window legislation is proposed each year.

Revival windows are now open for survivors to file claims for past abuse in Arizona, California, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, Vermont, Washington D.C. and Guam. 

CHILD USA TRACKS AND STUDIES SOL REFORM

CHILD USA is the leading national organization tracking and studying child sex abuse statutes of limitations. We provide weekly tracking of every SOL reform bill introduced in state legislatures across the country. Our 2020 SOL Reform Summary, accessible via the first button below, gives an overview of all pending SOL bills along with status in legislatures and reports when new laws are passed.

Our 2019 Annual SOL Report tracks the progress of the SOL reform movement. It provides a a national overview of the changes made to child sex abuse SOLs since 2002. States are compared to one another and graded based on how far they have advanced toward elimination of the criminal and civil SOLs for present and future victims and revival of expired civil SOLs for victims from the past.

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CHILD USA SOL REFORM RESOURCES

SURVIVOR TOOL KITS

Guide to help survivors understand their rights during the legal process of filing a civil lawsuit under a revivial window.

SOL TESTIMONY

Legal testimony provided by CHILD USA in favor of reforming the Statutes of Limitation.

 

 

 

 

SOL NEWS & DATA

Reports and Data on Statutes of Limitation reform from CHILD USA and others.

SOL RANKINGS

Graphs, Charts, and other visual aids to help in understanding Statute of Limitation Reform in the United States.

 

 

STATUTE OF LIMITATION TESTIMONY

Legal testimony provided by CHILD USA in favor of reforming the Statutes of Limitation.

 

 

 

SURVIVOR TOOLKITS

Guide to help survivors understand their rights during the legal process of filing a civil lawsuit under a revival window.

 

 

 

 

NEWS/ DATA ARCHIVE

Reports and Data on Statutes of Limitation reform from CHILD USA and others.

SOL RANKINGS

Graphs, Charts, and other visual aids to help in understanding Statute of Limitation Reform in the United States. 

 

 

 

SOL REFORM IN THE NEWS

Thousands of clergy abuse records handed over to victims in Buffalo

CNA Staff | January 11

 

 

 

 

 

Lawmakers seek to extend North Dakota statutes of limitation in child sex abuse cases

C. S. Hagen | January 5, 2021

 

 

 

Lawsuit Draws Attention to Sexual Abuse in Japan’s Education System

December 25, 2020 | Alyssa Pearl Fusek

LEGISLATIVE CHANGE IS NEEDED TO HELP SURVIVORS OF SEXUAL ABUSE

EPISODE 2 – INTERVIEW WITH MARCI HAMILTON AND KATHRYN ROBB

 

 May 18, 2020

 

Thousands of clergy abuse records handed over to victims in Buffalo

CNA Staff | January 11

 

 

 

 

 

Lawmakers seek to extend North Dakota statutes of limitation in child sex abuse cases

C. S. Hagen | January 5, 2021

 

 

 

 

 

Lawsuit Draws Attention to Sexual Abuse in Japan’s Education System

 

LEGISLATIVE CHANGE IS NEEDED TO HELP SURVIVORS OF SEXUAL ABUSE

EPISODE 2 – INTERVIEW WITH MARCI HAMILTON AND KATHRYN ROBB

 

CHILD USA’S WEEKLY SOL UPDATE

October 9, 2020

Unfortunately, there are no updates regarding child sex abuse statutes of limitation to report.

On the bright side – US Congress passed the Empowering Olympic, Paralympic, & Amateur Athletes Act! ? It awaits signature by the President.

The bill was introduced by Senator Richard Blumenthal

and Senator Jerry Moran. If signed into law, it will help safeguard athletes from abuse, including sexual abuse.

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