The Safe Child Act allows any survivor of child sexual abuse whose claim would have been barred under the prior statute of limitations to sue those responsible, regardless of when the abuse occurred. Adults who were abused many years ago may now be able to assert claims until Nov. 30, 2021.

What follows is a summary of the legislation:

Civil. Increases the statute of limitations to age 28. A person who was sexually abused under the age of 18 will have until the age of 28 to bring a civil action against the abuser. Any person who was originally time-barred under the old statute of limitations will have two years to commence an action under the new law.

The reporting statute requires that abuse be reported to the police in the county where the abuse occurred.

Brave Step recommends speaking to an attorney with experience in handling sexual violence cases.