Statute Of Limitation In Hawaii

It may surprise you to learn that Hawaii places a strict time limit on litigation related to child sexual abuse. In many cases, the statute of limitations has run out years, even decades before the victim courageously reveals their abuse.

My name is Brian Mackintosh. At the Law Office of Brian K. Mackintosh, Ltd., I am an advocate for survivors of childhood sexual assault in Hawaii. My goal is to give every survivor the chance to seek closure and financial compensation in the courtroom.

The Statute Of Limitations For Sexual Abuse Litigation

In most cases, the right to bring a lawsuit under Hawaii law is limited by a statute of limitations, which sets out the date you must file by. When it comes to childhood sexual abuse, victims must file by their 26th birthday, or within three years of discovering that their mental illness and other harm were caused by abuse.

This rule is unrealistic because it ignores the fact of how sexual abuse was often ignored or tolerated in our society for decades. Many victims have grown into adulthood feeling ashamed or powerless to reveal what happened to them. Their abuse may have happened decades ago, but its effects are still vividly felt by survivors and their families.

Advocating For Victims' Rights

The Hawaii Legislature temporarily waived the statute of limitations, but the statute is currently back in place. As a sexual abuse lawyer, I am one of the leaders in the effort to lobby lawmakers to remove the statute of limitations permanently. I have helped draft bills and testified before the Legislature. I believe that nobody should be denied their legal rights because the injuries they live with were caused 20, 30 or 40 years ago.

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