Statute of Limitations Education

Know Your Rights

States Leading the Fight to Protect Children from Sexual Predators

Hover over any state to see statistics about the estimated number of victims in each state and the current statute of limitation laws. Click on any state in the map to see more detailed information.

 

* Statute of limitations information provided by NCSL


Advocating for Public Policy Changes to Hold Abusers—and the Institutions That Harbor them—Accountable

Incentivizing institutions to root out child sexual predators also requires a change in the law. Too often, institutions avoid being held accountable because the restrictive state-level statute of limitation laws prevent victims from getting justice. These narrow limitations let far too many predators off the hook and have actually incentivized institutions to cover up abuse, knowing that after just a few short years the institution can continue to cover up abuse unpunished. This is unconscionable since children suffer lifelong harm from abuse.

Zero Abuse Project advocates for changes to this fatal flaw in our legal system by advocating for legislation that would extend and reopen statutes of limitation at the state level. We are also working at the national level to establish a National Plan that would both stop child sexual abuse and implement policies to meet the needs of the millions of survivors nationwide.

1 in 4

girls are sexually abused before the age of 18

1 in 6

boys are sexually abused before the age of 18

1 in 5

children are solicited sexually while on the Internet

39 million

survivors of childhood sexual abuse exist in America today

nearly 70%

of all reported sexual assaults occur to children ages 17 and under

Child sexual abuse is a major public health crisis in this country. Studies show that 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys have been sexually abused before age 18.

The combined impact of those experiences on the mental and physical health of these millions of survivors is profound. The economic cost of this abuse if just as substantial, with the lifetime cost of the child sexual abuse that occured in a given year estimated to be at least $9.3 billion.

Worse, we're only now beginning to understand the scale of child sexual abuse that happens at the very institutions parents entrust to nurture, educate, inspired, and care for their children. And in every case, these predators don't act alone. They were protected by colleagues who either turned a blind eye or actively covered up the crimes.

Stopping this plague requires comprehensive, multifaceted action. There are three pillars to this approach: education, training and victim support, cutting-edge technology, and advocacy.

The Zero Abuse Project is uniquely position a month similar organizations in that we are building and innovating under all three pillars, working from every angle to create a world where every child can live free from abuse.