It was a sensational story when Brock Turner, a student-athlete at Stanford University, sexually assaulted a 22-year old intoxicated and unconscious woman in 2015.
Child sexual abuse is a heinous crime, especially when the perpetrator is someone in a position of trust. Priests, teachers, coaches, and Boy Scout leaders often have one-on-one access to vulnerable young people and crimes are committed.
New Jersey recently made it easier for victims of sexual abuse to file civil actions against their attackers. The recently-signed legislation extends the statute of limitations in civil actions to the victim’s age 55 or 7 years after the victims realize their abuse, whichever is later.
If your child is one of the thousands of young athletes across New Jersey who spends hours working with coaches in their sport, the last thing that you would expect would be to have your child exposed to sexual abuse.
Almost one year ago, the Stop Sexual Harassment in NYC Act was signed into law by Mayor Bill de Blasio. This comprehensive legal package addresses sexual harassment in the workplace. An important component of the legislation expanded the City Human Rights Law for gender-based harassment by increasing the statute of limitations from one to three years.