North Carolina SAFE Child Act
SB 199 Strengthens the Rights of Child Sex Abuse Survivors
In 2019, the North Carolina General Assembly passed SB 199, or the
SAFE Child Act, to revamp the Old North State’s protections for survivors of childhood
sexual abuse. It extended the statute of limitations, granted previously
barred survivors the chance to file a claim during a “lookback window,”
and implemented other protections for survivors. It is, therefore, the
single most important piece of victims’ rights legislation to be
passed in North Carolina in the
past 50 years.
At Lanier Law Group, our North Carolina SAFE Child Act lawyers are advocating
for child sex abuse survivors under this historic act. We are staunch
proponents of SB 199, participating in efforts to protect it from opponents.
Our lawyers even argued to defend its constitutionality at a
special hearing before a three-judge panel.
Are you interested in filing a claim under the SAFE Child Act? Call Lanier
Law Group at (855) 757-4204 to discuss your rights and options.
About the SAFE Child Act
A New Statute of Limitations for Child Sex Abuse Claims
As mentioned, the SAFE Child Act extended the statute of limitations on
child sex abuse claims. Anyone who was victimized by abuse as a child
now has until the age of 28 to file a lawsuit against the abuser and any
institution or individual who enabled them. The previous statute of limitations
expired on the survivor’s 21st birthday.
The Lookback Window Closes December 31, 2021
In recognition of how the previous statute of limitations was grossly inadequate,
the SAFE Child Act opened a “lookback window” during which
survivors who were previously barred from filing a claim were given another
chance to do so.
The lookback window under the SAFE Child Act opened January 1, 2020 and
will close December 31, 2021.
New Requirements for Mandatory Reporting and Training
The SAFE Child Act also included provisions on mandatory reporting. All
adults, regardless of their relation to a child or lack thereof, are legally
required to report any suspicions of child sex abuse to law enforcement.
That means teachers, camp counselors, church officials, and any individual
in North Carolina who has reason to believe child sex abuse has been committed
must report their suspicions to law enforcement, immediately.
The act further requires all school employees to be trained on their responsibilities
as mandatory reporters. They must also be trained on how to recognize
any warning signs of child sex abuse and/or trafficking, as well as how
to properly intervene when they notice them.
North Carolina SAFE Child Act Attorneys
Lanier Law Group has already filed
child sex abuse claims under the SAFE Child Act. Our attorneys have fought for the rights of
survivors for over 20 years, providing North Carolina residents with compassionate
counsel, effective advocacy, and unmatched client service. If you work
with us, we will put our all into securing you justice, compensation,
Contact Lanier Law Group onlineto speak with a North Carolina SAFE Child Act attorney in a free, confidential