Child sexual abuse victims in Florida received historic good news on May 11, 2010, when Governor Charlie Crist signed into law Florida House Bill 525 which eliminated the statute of limitations on both criminal and civil claims relating to children under the age of 16.
The new law goes into effect and applies to any claim that would not have been barred by the existing statute of limitations as of July 1, 2010.
The main opponent lobbying against the new law was the Catholic Church.
This significant change in the course of Florida law allows abused kids to hold their abusers accountable for all of the damages that they haved caused. Since the psychology of child sexual abuse many times leaves victims unable to comprehend or even remember the abuse for many years after it occurs, the new law will help eliminate the injustice inherently associated with child sexual abuse.
The new law will help us in our fight to make children across Florida safe from sexual predators. Call us at 407-644-4444 with any questions.