Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher Bill Will Further Empower Survivors of Childhood Sexual Assault

Friday, February 16, 2018

SACRAMENTO  – (Friday, February 16, 2018) – California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego) today introduced a bill that will further empower survivors of childhood sexual assault. Under this bill, survivors will be able to pursue civil litigation no matter how much time has passed since they were assaulted.

“It’s outrageous that someone who was sexually assaulted as a child can actually run out of time to seek justice before they’re ready to come forward and tell their story” Assemblywoman Gonzalez Fletcher said. “We’ve seen in case after case that survivors might need decades before they’re prepared to hold their abusers accountable. They should have all the time they need.”

The cases of USA women’s gymnastics coach Larry Nassar and Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore are just the latest stark examples of survivors who, for any number of reasons, needed decades before they felt comfortable revealing what happened to them. AB 3120 will, among other things, eliminate the time limit for survivors of childhood sexual abuse to file lawsuits; allow for a judge or jury to triple the amount of damages awarded in cases where the defendants engaged in a cover-up; and require anyone who holds a professional state license to self-report when that person is accused of committing a childhood sexual assault.

Under existing law, a survivor must file a lawsuit within eight years of reaching adulthood or within three years of the date that a survivor who reaches adulthood “discovers or reasonably should have discovered” that she or he suffered damages as a result of the assault, whichever comes later.

For more information on this issue or to schedule an interview with Assemblywoman Gonzalez Fletcher, contact Alex Roth at 619-228-3253.

Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher represents California’s 80th Assembly District, located in southern San Diego County, including the cities of San Diego, Chula Vista, and National City. She serves as Chair of the Assembly Committee on Appropriations, Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Women in the Workplace, and Vice Chair of the California Latino Legislative Caucus. For more information on Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher visit https://a80.asmdc.org/