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What is the Statute of Limitations on Sexual Abuse Claims in California?

Generally speaking, adult victims of sexual abuse have 10 years to file a claim in the state of California. If the incident resulted in a serious illness or injury, victims have three years from the date of discovery to file a personal injury claim. Victims of childhood sexual abuse are not subject to the same …

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Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and this year’s theme, from the National Sexual Violence Research Center (NSVRC), is “Building Safe Online Spaces Together.” It is important to remember that sexual abuse and violence can occur in online spaces as well as in physical reality. This is particularly true for children, who may not have …

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A Surge in Pedestrian Accidents Places Children at Increased Risk

According to research conducted by Smart Growth America, California is the 16th most dangerous state for pedestrians, just below Arkansas and just above Missouri. Our state averages two pedestrian deaths for every 100,000 people. The national average is 1.89. Under COVID restrictions and with more people staying home, it would be reasonable to assume that pedestrian …

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Medical Professionals and Sexual Assault

Medical issues, be they physiological, psychological, or a combination of the two, can make a person extremely vulnerable. It is essential, then, that medical professionals exercise absolute care in protecting patients from all types of sexual mistreatment. This includes advances, suggestions, or actions that could make a patient feel exposed, uncomfortable, or violated by the …

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School Should Be a Safe Place for Children

School should be a safe place for children of all abilities and needs. Teachers, administrators, and support staff have a legal responsibility to make sure the children in their care are safe from harm. These adult professionals also have an ethical responsibility to provide a learning environment that is supportive, encouraging, and nurturing. By and …

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Where Does Sexual Abuse Most Commonly Occur?

According to RAINN, 55% of all sexual assaults happen at or near the victim’s home. Many of these occur while the victim is sleeping. RAINN further reports that 29% of sexual assaults occur when the victim is traveling to or from work or school, or while traveling to shop or complete errands. 12% of sexual …

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What is the Difference Between Sexual Abuse and Sexual Assault?

Sexual abuse and sexual assault are both serious and egregious crimes. Victims of abuse and assault are entitled to take civil action against their perpetrators, regardless of criminal charges, and seek compensation for all related damages. If you have been the victim of any kind of sexual mistreatment, the Cifarelli Law Firm is here to …

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