The criminal statute of limitations for child sexual abuse offenses expires when the victim turns 50 years old. This means that victims of priest or clergy abuse, teacher abuse, etc. can seek justice in the criminal courts until they turn 50 years old.
42 Pa. C.S.A. § 5552 (c)(3) defines the statute of limitations for child sexual abuse offenses:
“Any sexual offense committed against a minor who is less than 18 years of age any time up to the later of the period of limitation provided by law after the minor has reached 18 years of age or the date the minor reaches 50 years of age.”
This statute applies to the following crimes:
- Section 3121 (rape),
- Section 3122.1 (statutory sexual assault),
- Section 3123 (involuntary deviate sexual intercourse),
- Section 3124.1 (sexual assault),
- Section 3125 (aggravated indecent assault),
- Section 3126 (indecent assault),
- Section 3127 (indecent exposure),
- Section 4302 (incest),
- Section 4304 (endangering welfare of children),
- Section 6301 (corruption of minors),
- Section 6312(b) (sexual abuse of children), and
- Section 6320 (sexual exploitation of children).
However, criminal justice is not the only remedy for the horrific wrongs committed against child sex abuse victims. Victims of sexual abuse can obtain civil justice against the abuser as well as any person or business which had knowledge of the abuse and negligently failed to prevent or stop it.
Child sex abuse is a stain on the fabric of this country and has no place in our society. Criminal and civil justice are the only ways to send the message that this abuse will not be tolerated and that those who commit these crimes or negligently fail to stop them will face both the criminal and civil justice courts.
Click here to read about the statute of limitations in child sex abuse civil cases in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
If you or a loved one has been a victim of sex abuse, contact Brian Kent, an experienced sex abuse victims’ civil lawyer in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Mr. Kent handles child molestation, sexual assault, sex abuse, and priest/clergy abuse cases in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He works with attorneys nationwide and can be admitted in other states to handle matters on a case by case basis. 800.220.7600
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