Virginia: Sexual Abuse Victim – a Lawyer’s Limitation

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During its 2011 Session, Virginia’s General Assembly passed companion House Bill 1746 and Senate Bill 1145. They extend from 2 to 20 years the limitation period within which an infant or incapacitated victim of sexual abuse can file a civil personal injury lawsuit.

This statutory amendment recognizes that many sexual abuse victims suffer protracted delays in reporting and suing due to a variety of factors such as fear, guilt, repression and/or otherwise caused by the underlying criminal offense. It became effective on July 1, 2011.