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Lookback Windows

Lookback Windows

Definition

Lookback Windows — these windows of time, in which victims of sexual abuse may sue for damages regardless of how long ago the alleged abuse took place, are established by state law. Lookback windows can aid victims in avoiding statute of limitations restrictions that may have otherwise prevented such lawsuits. As of 2020, eight states (New York, New Jersey, California, Arizona, Montana, Hawaii, Vermont, North Carolina) and the District of Columbia had established lookback windows, allowing potentially thousands of victims to file lawsuits (many against clergy members and religious institutions).

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