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.
Two recent news stories centered on sexual assault jumped out at us this week. The stories are connected in that they both concern sexual assaults on women, in one case by a world-famous celebrity chef and in the second case by one of the U.S.’s most revered military education institutions.