Each state has a law that sets a deadline for filing a personal injury lawsuit. These laws are called statutes of limitations. A statute of limitation forbids prosecutors from charging someone with a crime that was committed more than a specified number of years ago. The general purpose of statutes of limitations is to make sure convictions occur only upon evidence (physical or eyewitness) that has not deteriorated with time.
HPF would like to educate our readers as to each state’s civil statutes of limitations in child sexual abuse cases because knowledge is power: http://www.ncsl.org/research/human-services/state-civil-statutes-of-limitations-in-child-sexua.aspx