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The time period during which you can file a civil lawsuit for sexual abuse by a priest, or the statute of limitations, varies considerably based on your state’s laws; some statutes of limitations allow a certain number of years to bring suit, other statutes of limitations are based on the victim’s age, and still other states have no statutes of limitations on sexual crimes involving children. Some states have specifically enacted extended statute of limitations, on at least a temporary basis, in order to permit civil suits for victims of childhood sexual abuse. Due to these strict timeframes, however, you should be sure to consult an attorney specializing in these issues in order to preserve your right to bring such a lawsuit.
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