In the state of Pennsylvania, a victim of sexual abuse or assault is able to take their abuser to court for restitution. But before a person can do so, they must understand that they have a limited time to do so. If you’re looking to file a lawsuit, we highly recommend reading this blog.
Statute of Limitations
For general criminal offenses, a person has two years from the date the crime was allegedly committed to file a claim. This goes for a majority of felonies and misdemeanors.
However, unlike other crimes, sex crimes have various statutes of limitations. Under 18 PA. CONS. STAT § 5552, the statute of limitations for rape is 12 years after the crime was committed, but this only applies to victims 18 years or older. Victims of rape, sex trafficking, and sexual assault who are under the age of 18 do not have a time limit. Any adult victims of labor or sex trafficking have ten years from the last offense to file.
Although those crimes do not have a time limit, victims of sexual abuse who are minors only get a 12-year period to file. These laws are complex, which is why it’s essential to hire an injury lawyer to better understand your options.
Once the defendant is found guilty, you may be eligible to receive the following:
- Compensation for medical costs
- Compensation for lost wages
- Non-economic damages like emotional distress and mental trauma
- Punitive damages if the defendant has been convicted of a crime.
Compassionate Legal Representation
This time can be emotionally, mentally, and physically challenging for victims of sexual assault. We want to let you know that the Robert Peirce & Associates, P.C. team is here for you during this difficult time. When you’re ready to seek closure, please contact our firm at (844) 383-0565 or visit our website to fill out a consultation form.