Statute of Limitations
ALL States Need to Follow Utah's Lead - NO Statute of Limitation for Civil Actions for Sexual Abuse of a Child. Impacts Are a Lifetime!
Current Washington State Statute of Limitations Civil (only in part):
RCW 4.16.340Actions based on childhood sexual abuse.
(1) All claims or causes of action based on intentional conduct brought by any person for recovery of damages for injury suffered as a result of childhood sexual abuse shall be commenced within the later of the following periods:
(a) Within three years of the act alleged to have caused the injury or condition;
(b) Within three years of the time the victim discovered or reasonably should have discovered that the injury or condition was caused by said act; or
(c) Within three years of the time the victim discovered that the act caused the injury for which the claim is brought:
PROVIDED, That the time limit for commencement of an action under this section is tolled for a child until the child reaches the age of eighteen years.
(2) The victim need not establish which act in a series of continuing sexual abuse or exploitation incidents caused the injury complained of, but may compute the date of discovery from the date of discovery of the last act by the same perpetrator which is part of a common scheme or plan of sexual abuse or exploitation.
(3) The knowledge of a custodial parent or guardian shall not be imputed to a person under the age of eighteen years.
(4) For purposes of this section, "child" means a person under the age of eighteen years.
(5) As used in this section, "childhood sexual abuse" means any act committed by the defendant against a complainant who was less than eighteen years of age at the time of the act and which act would have been a violation of chapter 9A.44 RCW or RCW 9.68A.040 or prior laws of similar effect at the time the act was committed.
Current Washington State Statute of Limitations Criminal (only in part):
RCW 9A.04.080(c) Violations of the following statutes, when committed against a victim under the age of eighteen, may be prosecuted up to the victim's thirtieth birthday:
RCW 9A.44.040 (rape in the first degree),
9A.44.050 (rape in the second degree),
9A.44.073 (rape of a child in the first degree),
9A.44.076 (rape of a child in the second degree),
9A.44.079 (rape of a child in the third degree),
9A.44.083 (child molestation in the first degree),
9A.44.086 (child molestation in the second degree),
9A.44.089 (child molestation in the third degree),
9A.44.100(1)(b) (indecent liberties),
9.68A.040 (sexual exploitation of a minor).
HB1155 asks for the following change (in part):
(a) The following offenses may be prosecuted at any time after their commission:
8 (i) Murder;
9 (ii) Homicide by abuse;
10 (iii) Arson if a death results;
11 (iv) Vehicular homicide;
12 (v) Vehicular assault if a death results;
13 14 (vi) Hit-and-run injury-accident if a death results (RCW 15 46.52.020(4));
16 (vii) Rape in the first degree;
17 (viii) Rape in the second degree;
18 (ix) Rape in the third degree;
19 (x) Rape of a child in the first degree;
20 (xi) Rape of a child in the second degree;
21 (xii) Rape of a child in the third degree;
22 (xiii) Child molestation in the first degree;
23 (xiv) Child molestation in the second degree;
24 (xv) Child molestation in the third degree;
25 (xvi) Sexual misconduct with a minor in the first degree;
26 (xvii) Sexually violating human remains;
27 (xviii) Custodial sexual misconduct in the first degree;
28 (xix) Incest in the first degree;
29 (xx) Incest in the second degree;
30 (xxi) Sexual exploitation of a minor;
31 (xxii) Commercial sexual abuse of a minor;
32 (xxiii) Promoting commercial sexual abuse of a minor;
33 (xxiv) Promoting travel for commercial sexual abuse of a minor.
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