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Civil Statute of Limitations

  • Twelve Year Statute of Limitations For All Childhood Sexual Abuse Claims : Any cause of action brought by a victim of childhood sexual abuse claims must be brought within 12 years of the date of accrual. Accrual begins on the 18th birthday of the victim. Ohio Rev. Code Ann. § 2305.111(C) (2009).
     
  • Discovery Rule : In any action on or after the effective date of the statute (8/3/06) where the defendant has fraudulently concealed facts of the abuse claim, the statute of limitations will begin at the “time when the plaintiff discovers or in the exercise of due diligence should have discovered those facts.” Ohio Rev. Code Ann. § 2305.111(C) (2009).
     
  • Retroactivity To Effective Date of 8/3/06 : The new statute of limitations applies to all civil actions for claims resulting from childhood sexual abuse that occurred prior to the effective date of the act, and where a civil action for assault and battery has never been filed and the previous statute of limitations had not expired before the effective date of the statute. Act effective Aug. 3, 2006, c. 97, sec. 3, § 2305.111, 2907.01, 2006 Ohio Legis. Serv. Ann. (West).
     
Criminal Statute of Limitations

  • Twenty-Year Statute of Limitations for Criminal Prosecution of Child Sexual Abuse : Criminal prosecutions of child sexual abusers must be commenced within 20 years of the occurrence. The statute of limitations will be tolled until the victim turns 18 or when responsible adult (not including family members) who has a legal duty to report abuse is aware of such abuse. Ohio Rev. Code Ann. §§ 2901.13(I)(1), 2151.421 (2009); State v. Elsass, 105 Ohio App.3d 277, 663 N.E.2d 1019 (Ohio Ct. App. 1995); State v. Turner, 91 Ohio App.3d 153, 631 N.E.2d 1117 (Ohio Ct. App. 1993).
     


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