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Survivor Resources: Taking Action After Sexual Abuse
Survivors of childhood sexual abuse have a wide array of options and resources.
Filing a Civil Lawsuit for Child Sexual Abuse
Unlike the criminal law process, which punishes abusers, civil lawsuits compensate survivors of sexual abuse.
Is a Lawsuit Possible If Sexual Abuse Happened a Long Time Ago?
The law in your state might give survivors of childhood sexual abuse extra time to seek justice in court.
Can I Sue for Damages After Childhood Sexual Abuse?
Survivors of childhood sexual abuse may have a right to sue the perpetrator and those who failed to prevent the abuse.
Can I Press Criminal Charges If I Experienced Childhood Sexual Abuse?
Prosecutors decide whether to press charges, but a survivor of childhood sexual abuse plays an important role.
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Can Churches Be Held Liable for Sexual Abuse?
An archdiocese, diocese, bishop, and others may bear legal responsibility for acts of sexual abuse committed by clergy.
LDS Mormon Church Sexual Abuse Lawsuits
Learn more about how the Mormon Church can be sued by survivors of childhood sexual abuse committed by church leaders and volunteers.
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