Eight states and the District of Columbia have established “lookback windows” allowing people to sue no matter how long ago the alleged abuse took place. They can file civil suits against both their alleged abusers such as priests and the church or other institutions where they worked.
NEW YORK — One-year window allowing previously barred suits opened August 14. After that, suits allowed until age 55, up from 23 before the law was passed.
NEW JERSEY — Two-year window opened Dec. 1. After that ends, suits allowed until age 55, up from 20.
CALIFORNIA — Three-year window opens Jan. 1, 2020. Triple damages if cover-up is proven. After window closes, suits allowed until age 40, up from 26.
ARIZONA — Nineteen-month window opened in June. After it closes, suits allowed until age 30, up from 20.
MONTANA — One-year window opened May 7. After that ends, suits allowed until age 27, up from 24.
HAWAII — A previous window for filing old claims was first opened in 2012. It was reopened in 2018 and lasts until April 2020.
VERMONT — Eliminated age limits in May and window never expires.
Seven other states changed statute of limitations so victims could file civil cases alleging abuse later in life. Many states also have “discovery” rules allowing alleged victims to sue even later if they can show they only realized the impact of the abuse in recent years.
ALABAMA — Raised age limit to file to 25 from 21 this year.