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    Question Can I Sue for Years of Rape and Molestation

    My question involves criminal law for the state of: CA / I was molested for the first time when i 5 years old,raped by the same man when i was 6 this continued until i was 12.he is a family member so there has been no jail time.he lives in a different state now. so how do i start court proceeds?

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    Default Re: Can I Sue for Years of Rape and Molestation

    Were there any reports made?

    How old are you now?
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    Default Re: Can I Sue for Years of Rape and Molestation

    Yes you can sue for your abuse as a minor. First, be aware that just because you may win a large sum of money, it doesn't mean that you will get it. Your abuser has to have money to give. If he is retired and on Social Security or any number of different retirement accounts, the money in those accounts may not be touchable. Remember O.J. Simpson? His retirement from football was not touchable. Second, have the statues of limitations run out yet? You may be able to press a criminal complaint. Most statues run out at 8-10 years after you become 18 but there are variations to that. Contact the local police or prosecutors office for specifics. To bring a civil case against the family member may only be possible if you guarantee your own attorneys costs, in case you lose or the abuser has nothing to collect from. A consultation with an attorney who specializes in this type of case is your best bet. Lay it all out, including who will pay if the abuser has no recoverable assets.

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