Santa Cruz child sexual abuse attorney
California Statute of Limitations extended for child sexual abuse
Until January 1, 2023, anyone of ANY AGE can file their lawsuit for child sexual abuse in California!
In October 2019, California Governor Gavin Newsom extended the statute of limitations for child sexual abuse cases. From January 2020 through January 2023, victims of ALL AGES may bring their perpetrator to justice, and file lawsuits. From January 2023 forward, victims have until they’re 40 years old, or within 5 years of discovery of the abuse. The former statute extended only until the age of 26 or from 3 years upon discovery.
For more than 30 years, the attorneys at Scruggs, Spini & Fulton in Santa Cruz, California have assisted hundreds of survivors of childhood sexual abuse in holding their perpetrators accountable. In the mid 1980s, when child molestation was still very much a cultural “secret,” we began representing adult survivors who were brave enough to come forward to tell their stories of incest, molestation and the horrific, traumatic consequences of child sexual abuse.
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The attorneys at SS&F have successfully represented clients of all ages in cases involving incest, pedophilia, sexual predators, sexual assault and battery, and sexual abuse by both strangers and those most trusted by their victims, including priests, pastors, ministers, teachers, day care workers, and leaders of various youth organizations.
We have also assisted survivors in recovering damages from the entities who employ or allow these perpetrators to commit child sex abuse. These entities have included churches, schools, day care centers, and youth organizations.
Dana Scruggs, was part of a small group of California attorneys who worked to encourage the California Legislature to extend the statute of limitations so that adult survivors could sue their perpetrators and collect the damages they needed to obtain appropriate therapy and counseling.
Mr. Scruggs has also been nationally recognized and recommended as a legal resource by publications such as “The Courage to Heal–A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse” and “Shifting the Burden of Truth—Suing Child Sexual Abusers, a Legal Guide for Survivors and Their Supporters.”
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We have been privileged to assist hundreds of victims of child sexual abuse in Santa Cruz and beyond in a variety of ways, including referrals to appropriate health care providers, law enforcement agencies, other reporting agencies, and by investigating and gathering evidence so that survivors’ claims could be prosecuted against the perpetrators.
While awareness of the magnitude of the problem of childhood sexual abuse is still not universally accepted, we are extremely proud to have played a role in the process of raising consciousness about the issue, and extremely honored to have represented many brave girls, boys, women and men who were courageous and able enough to stand up to their perpetrators in a court of law and declare – No more!
Child sexual abuse web resources
- Survivors Healing Center
A non-profit organization providing education, information, referrals, high quality services and support to survivors of childhood sexual abuse and to their supporters. Located in Santa Cruz, California.
- Megan’s Law
California Department of Justice’s Internet web site, which lists designated registered sex offenders in California.
Library of safety and self defense articles
- California Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board
Information on victim compensation, including eligibility requirements, covered crimes, and specifics on how to file a claim.
- Klaas Kids Foundation
Provides information on sex offenders including Internet access to maps showing the location of registered sex offenders in California.
- Office of the Attorney General, State of California, Department of Justice
Get information here on protecting yourself and your family from child molesters, as well as information on registered sex offenders.
- Newsom signs bill expanding opportunity to bring child sexual abuse perpetrators to justice!
California Governor Gavin Newsom raises age to bring civil suits against child abuse perpetrators to 40, or 5 years upon discovery of abuse. Until January 2023, all victims may bring lawsuits regardless of age.