Jeff explains that the civil statute of limitations (SOL) is the amount of time someone has to file a civil lawsuit. The clock usually starts ticking when a person becomes an adult and it runs for a certain number of years, which varies depending on the state. Some states have specific SOLs just for child sex abuse cases, and those tend to be longer. In some cases, the clock doesn't start ticking until the survivor realizes they were harmed, which is called a discovery rule. It's important to note that the civil SOL is different from the criminal SOL, which is the time limit for filing criminal charges.
The Civil statute of limitations or Sol is the amount of time that someone has to file a civil lawsuit it's almost like a legal stopwatch and the question is when does the clock start ticking when does the clock stop ticking and does anything pause the clock when a crime happens to you when you're a child the clock usually starts ticking when you become an adult and it will run for a certain number of years the tricky thing is that every State's civil statute of limitations is different now some states have specific statutes of limitation just for child sex abuse cases and oftentimes those tend to be longer civil statutes of limitation can run for one to three years generally sometimes the clock doesn't start ticking until you actually understand that you were harmed that's called a discovery rule if it's decades later when you realized that what happened to you constituted abuse in some states that's when the clock starts ticking