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New California law eases path for sexual abuse victims

A young boy dealing with the aftermath of abuse. (Photo: 271 EAK MOTO, via Shutterstock)

Sexual abuse victims with decades-old claims say they are grateful to finally get a shot at justice through a new California law that widens the period in which civil claims can be filed. The law, AB 218, went into effect Jan. 1. It allows a three-year “look back” window when victims can file civil claims regardless of when their abuse took place. In cases where the child became a victim because of an institutional coverup, the victim can collect triple the damages.

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