New Jersey Extends Statute of Limitations for Victims of Child Sexual Abuse

On May 13, 2019, Governor Murphy signed a new law allowing survivors of childhood sexual abuse the right to file claims against their abusers – regardless of their current age or when the abuse occurred! The statute of limitation has been extended to 55 years of age or 7 years from discovery of the abuse, whichever is later. The new law also provides for a two year “lookback” window. This window will permit older individuals to pursue claims until November 30, 2021 to file a civil lawsuit.

The new statute will apply to all situations in which child sexual abuse occurred – including those perpetrated by Catholic Church Clergy and those associated with the Boy Scouts of America.

This marks a major turning point for survivors as it allows for them to consider new options for both closure as well as compensation for their suffering.

Why is this New Law Important?

For survivors of child sexual abuse, the emotional pain can last a lifetime. Becoming a victim of such abuse at the hands of a trusted adult is traumatic and can lead to feelings of tremendous guilt – long after you, yourself have become an adult.


Whether you are seeking damages, retribution or simply closure, talk to us about how the new law may help you address those concerns.

Cappuccio & Zaorski

Cappuccio & Zaorski, LLC is offering a free, confidential consultation to any individual who feels they may have been abused and are affected by this new law.

Our objectives are three-fold:

    • To help you determine whether you have a legitimate claim
    • To provide information regarding all of your legal options
    • To assist in finding evidence to support your claim

All conversations are discreet and will be held confidential.

Contact us at (609) 561-5005.

We are here to help.