Transcript: One of the first questions that victims of sexual abuse have is whether or not they can still bring criminal charges or have a civil case even though their abuse happened many years ago or when they were a child. As a former sex crimes prosecutor and now attorney that represents sex crimes victims in civil cases, I’ve dealt with both the statute of limitations criminally and civilly.
In criminal cases in Pennsylvania, a victim of sexual abuse has until the age of 50 to bring criminal charges against the perpetrator if the sexual abuse occurred while they were a minor. In civil cases it’s different.
The statute of limitations in Pennsylvania in civil cases allows victims to bring a claim until the age of 30, against any entity who was responsible for the sexual abuse occurring, if the abuse occurred while they were a minor. However, a detailed analysis is required by an attorney regarding the timeline of abuse and the facts of your case to determine whether or not the statute of limitations may bar a claim or whether you have a potential claim for the sexual abuse that’s occurred. Please contact us for a free consultation and we’ll help you in determining whether or not you have a potential claim or whether you can bring criminal charges for the abuse that’s occurred.
More Pennsylvania Child Sex Abuse Statute of Limitations Articles:
- Possible Changes in the Pennsylvania Statute of Limitations in Sex Abuse Civil Cases
- Pennsylvania Criminal Statute of Limitations for Child Sex Abuse Offenses
- We Need Changes in Pennsylvania and New York’s Statute of Limitations for Sex Abuse Victims
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Published: August 1, 2012