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Tell Iowa lawmakers to end the civil statute of limitations for child sex abuse.
Iowa gets a failing grade when it comes to protecting children from sexual abuse and sex trafficking. Advocates say Iowa can do better by eliminating the civil statute of limitations. Legislation to do that has already been written and could be passed before the 2022 legislative session ends.
Senate File 32 would remove the civil statute of limitations for people who were abused as minors. Making this change would allow more sexual assault survivors to come forward as adults and seek justice.
Iowa native Kylie DeWees – victim, advocate and law student220400-DeWeiss-SF32
Iowa needs stronger laws
Reforming the statute of limitations can help expose hidden predators in our communities and protect more kids from becoming victims.
According to ChildUSAdvocacy, one in five girls and one in 13 boys are sexually assaulted before they turn 18, but under current Iowa law, those victims are barred from seeking civil damages against their abuser the day they turn 19.
So far, 27 states have changed their laws to provide an opportunity for justice once a victim has matured and is able to confront their abuser, and 17 states have completely eliminated their statute of limitations for child sex abuse.
Iowa needs Senate File 32 to stop abusers and punish the institutions that protect them.
- Iowa Capital Dispatch: Iowa sex abuse survivor pushes to remove deadline for civil cases
- Iowa Standard: Sex abuse victim: Iowa legislature must act when it comes to allowing more time for victims to come forward in civil court
- April 11 Statehouse news conference: Why Iowa needs to end the civil statute of limitations for sex abuse of kids
- ChildUSA website: childusa.org