The Knesset on Tuesday Passed a Law Enabling People Who Were Victims of Sexual Abuse

The Knesset on Tuesday passed a law enabling people who were victims of sexual abuse, or other forms of extreme abuse, as minors to file civil suits until the age of 35, and in some cases until the age of 38.

The bill was the initiative of MK Nissan Slomiansky (National Religious Party-National Union) and Ronit Tirosh (Kadima).

The statute of limitations in cases of abuse against minors begins when they turn 18. In the case of criminal suits over sex-crimes perpetrated against minors there is a 20-year statute of limitations, which is to say until the victim turns 38. The statute of limitations on restitution suits was 7 years, which is to say until the victim turns 25. This created a situation in which defendants convicted in criminal suits were immune to restitution suits.

The new law stipulates the following: In the case of sexual abuse against a minor the statute of limitations goes into effect when the victim turns 35.