WAUKEGAN — Thanks to State Senator Terry Link (D-Waukegan), Illinois has a new law that will remove the statute of limitations for child sexual abuse.
"Often people are well into adulthood before they are psychologically capable of coming forward about abuse inflicted on them as children," said Link. "By then, the timetable may have run out, making it impossible to seek justice from abusers."
Senate Bill 1399 removes the statute of limitations for legal actions based on childhood sexual abuse. Under current law, the statute of limitations to report childhood sexual abuse is 20 years from the date the victim recalls the abuse. The new law removes the statute of limitations altogether, allowing a person to bring an action based on childhood sexual abuse at any time.
Victims of childhood sex abuse can suffer a wide variety of negative effects, lasting well into adulthood. It is quite common for young victims to block out memory of the abuse as a coping mechanism; however, the memory of the event can be triggered later in life.