New Louisiana Sexual Abuse Statute of Limitations Gives Survivors of Abuse More Legal Options Starting Today
On June 15, 2021, the State of Louisiana became the latest in the wave of states to pass an extension to the statute of limitations on child sexual abuse cases.
In a landmark move, Louisiana lawmakers eliminated the time period for filing a lawsuit in future cases of abuse, and also created a three-year window for those abused in the past to file lawsuits too. Gov. John Bel Edwards signed the bill on Monday.
For three years, beginning immediately, anyone sexually abused in Louisiana can file lawsuits against those responsible for their child sexual abuse, including the perpetrators and their employers.
“The scars of childhood sexual abuse may stay with survivors long-term and they deserve more time to report these devastating crimes,” Gov. Edwards’ spokesperson Christina Stephens said.
“We commend Louisiana lawmakers for recognizing that sexual abuse causes shame, embarrassment, fear, and guilt that many survivors carry well into their adulthood – and that keeps them suffering in silence for decades,” Adam Horowitz, the managing partner of Horowitz Law says of the new law. “We are seeing a wave of new legislation across America as more and more survivors come forward to demand access to courts to hold those responsible for their nightmare accountable. We can add Louisiana to the list of states that are getting it right.”
Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in Louisiana. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused as a child in Louisiana, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those sexually abused in Louisiana now have legal options, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of childhood sexual abuse in Louisiana and nationwide. We can help.