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Statute of Limitations for Child Sexual Abuse and Sexual Assault in Missouri

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Understanding the legal timeline for taking action is crucial when seeking justice for victims of child sexual abuse and sexual assault. In Missouri, the statute of limitations, which is the legal time frame for filing a lawsuit, varies depending on the specific circumstances of the abuse. Monsees & Mayer P.C. is dedicated to empowering survivors with the knowledge they need to move forward with their legal claims.

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What is the Statute of Limitations?

The statute of limitations sets the maximum time after an event within which legal proceedings may be initiated. In the context of sexual abuse or assault, it dictates how long a survivor has to file a lawsuit against the perpetrator or a negligent institution.

Missouri's Statute of Limitations for Child Sexual Abuse

In Missouri, recognizing the long-lasting trauma and the possible delayed realization or acknowledgment of childhood sexual abuse, the laws have been revised over time to be more favorable to survivors.

  • Civil Lawsuits: In most cases, victims of child sexual abuse in Missouri have until their 28th birthday to file a civil lawsuit. However, if psychological injury or illness is not realized until adulthood, victims may have 3 years from the date of discovery to file.

  • Criminal Charges: For certain sexual offenses committed against minors, there is no statute of limitations, allowing charges to be brought at any time. This recognizes the profound impact of child sexual abuse and ensures that offenders can be held accountable regardless of when their crimes come to light.

Missouri's Statute of Limitations for Sexual Assault

Sexual assault is a grave offense, and Missouri's laws reflect the severity of this crime.

  • Civil Lawsuits: Victims of sexual assault generally have three years from the date of the assault to file a civil lawsuit. This period can be extended under specific circumstances, such as if the victim was incapacitated or if new evidence emerges.

  • Criminal Charges: The timeline for prosecuting sexual assault varies. For first-degree rape or sodomy, there is no statute of limitations. However, for other sexual offenses, the statute might range from three to thirty years, depending on the specifics of the crime.

Why the Statute of Limitations is Important

  1. Evidence Preservation: Over time, evidence can become lost or degraded, and witnesses' memories might fade. The statute helps ensure that cases are prosecuted based on reliable information.

  2. Legal Clarity: It provides a clear framework for both victims and alleged perpetrators, ensuring that legal actions are initiated within a recognized timeframe.

  3. Emotional Closure: For many survivors, knowing there's a time limit can act as a catalyst to take legal action and seek closure.

How Monsees & Mayer P.C. Can Assist

At Monsees & Mayer P.C., we understand the complexities surrounding the statute of limitations in Missouri. Our dedicated team of sexual abuse attorneys is here to guide survivors through their legal journey, ensuring they have the best possible chance at obtaining justice.

If you or someone you love has been affected by sexual abuse or assault, don't let the legal timeline deter you. Contact us for a comprehensive consultation and let our experienced attorneys chart the best path forward. 

Remember, understanding your rights and the legal timelines associated with them is paramount. Let us be your trusted advocates in your quest for justice.

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