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Civil Statute of Limitations

  • Delayed Tolling for Sexual Offenses Against Minors : 18 years of age plus 6 years. Within 6 years of the act, Vt. Stat. Ann. Tit. 12, § 522(a), or 6 years of turning 18 and/or the removal of a disability including insanity or imprisonment (12, §551) or incapacity from damages caused by childhood sexual abuse (12, § 560).
     
  • Discovery Rule : Within 6 years of the time of discovery. Victim need not establish which act caused the injury, if the abuse was continuing. 12, § 522(a).
     
Criminal Statute of Limitations

  • The criminal SOL is generally 6 years except is tolled until age 24 when the victim was under the age of 16 : “Prosecutions for sexual assault, lewd and lascivious conduct and lewd or lascivious conduct with a child, alleged to have been committed against a child 16 years of age or under, shall be commenced within the earlier of the date the victim attains the age of 24 or six years from the date the offense is reported, and not after.” Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 13, § 4501(c). In cases for the same offenses where the child is under 18 but over 16, the 6 year statute of limitations applies. 13, § 4501(b). But, there is no limitation for aggravated sexual assault or kidnapping. 13, § 4501(a).
     


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