A New Day in Arizona!
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed the Child Protection Act into law in May of 2019. This new law provides access to the legal system for survivors of child sexual abuse whose claims were previously time barred by the statute of limitation. It also helps to identify perpetrators in our communities and will make our streets, schools, and communities safer.
Arizona Child Protection Act
There is currently an opportunity for survivors of child sexual abuse to take action and regain their voice. AZ is permitting civil law suits through Dec 2020.
Any child abused after May 29, 1999 can file a civil suit until his/her 30th birthday.
Help Protect Kids Today
The Child Protection Act is about more than pursuing known or accused perpetrators. It is about stopping the cycle of child sexual abuse.
Ways to stop child sex abuse:
Talk to your children about sex, sexual contact, and relationships.
Teach children about arousal - as awkward as that may be.
Pay attention to who your children are spending time with.
Stranger Danger - it's a myth.
Know what to say if your child tells you he/she has been abused: "I BELIEVE YOU."
Educate yourself on child sexual abuse signs.
Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline
The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline is dedicated to the prevention of child abuse. Serving the U.S. and Canada, the hotline is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with professional crisis counselors who—through interpreters—provide assistance in over 170 languages. The hotline offers crisis intervention, information, and referrals to thousands of emergency, social service, and support resources.
All calls are confidential.
Bottom line, Childhelp is here to answer the call.
Tel: 1-800-4-A-CHILD (also in spanish)
RAINN is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization and leading authority on sexual violence. The RAINN team works together to provide best-in-class services for survivors.
The Zero Abuse Project
The mission of the Zero Abuse Project is to protect children from abuse and sexual assault, by engaging people and resources through a trauma-informed approach of education, research, advocacy, and advanced technology.
Take Action On Your Case Today!
Picking a lawyer can be difficult. Here are some things to keep in mind:
A. You are in charge. Your lawyer is ethically required to be a zealous advocate on your behalf and cannot take any substantive action without your approval.
B. Your lawyer's first question should be: What are your goals?
C. Civil cases arising out of the Child Protection Act are most likely to be cases taken on a contingency fee by an attorney. This means that the attorney is compensated only when you achieve a recovery. Fees should be agreed to at the beginning of a representation and should be clearly explained by counsel and provided to the client in writing.
D. The attorney/client relationship will be privileged and a close one. You need to feel comfortable with your lawyer and the direction he/she may wish to take with your case.
E. Interview as many lawyers as you want. Plan to describe your case to prospective counsel and realize that every attorney has an ethical duty to maintain the confidentiality of the details of your case, even if you do not select that attorney to represent you. You should ask what the attorney’s experience may be representing survivors of abuse as well as how many similar cases he or she has litigated.