Around 80% of lawsuits against sexual predators end up in civil, not criminal, court, meaning offenders won’t go to jail—even if they admit the molestation or are found to be guilty. Why? Because the STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS has passed.
Each state makes its own determination of the number of years that a plaintiff has to file a charge against a perpetrator. Most states have no statute of limitations for capital offenses such as murder. Some states also have no statute of limitations for criminal sexual assault. The rest have a set number of years (which can vary quite a bit) for a sexual abuse victim to come forward and press charges.
If your claim happens to fall outside your state’s criminal statute of limitations, you have no recourse except to file a civil suit against the perpetrator (civil suits also may be subject to statutes of limitations).
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