Victory

It should always be JUST and REASONABLE and ALLOWABLE to pursue damages for Claims against perpetrators of Child Torture, Rape, Slave Labour and False Imprisonment.

In Victoria up until 2013 only 6.5% of cases of Child Sexual Assault cases brought to the Victorian Police result in a Conviction.
The Victorian Police testified at the Vic Inquiry that on average it takes a Survivor 24.5 years on average before they instigate Civil proceedings in regards to their abuse as a child.

The Courts in Victoria have recognised the impact of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder on Survivors of Childhood abuse since the 1980's. 

Recommendation 26.3
That the Victorian Government consider amending the Limitation of Actions Act 1958 (Vic) to exclude criminal child abuse from the operation of the limitations period under that Act.

Betrayal of Trust Inquiry into the Handling of Child Abuse by Religious and other Non-government Organisations
Family and Community Development Committee November 2013

Therefore, we ask the Victorian Parliament to remove from the

Victorian Limitation of Actions Act 1958
(amended to 1 July 2012)

Sections 27E 27I and 27J

27E  persons with a disability

27I  Special limitation period for minors injured by close relatives or close associates

27J  Effect of legal incapacity on limitation period.

The Act and amendments allows 12 years in personal injury cases, from the date of the act or omission which caused death or injury, within which court proceedings for damages must be issued.

The Limitations Act allows persons to apply for leave to extend a limitation period to allow the issue of court proceedings if it is 'just and reasonable' to do so.

Letter to
Premier of Victoria Australia Daniel Andrews
Minister for Families and Children and Minister for Youth Affairs Jenny Mikakos
We the People of Victoria Petition
To the Legislative Assembly of Victoria

This petition of Helen Dawson resident of the Frankston District in the State of Victoria, draws to the attention of the Legislative Assembly the outright rejection for a time limit to make a claim for Minors and people under Guardianship, under the Statute of Limitations in the Victorian Limitations of Actions Act (1958).

Sections 27E 27I and 27J

27E persons with a disability

27I Special limitation period for minors injured by close relatives or close associates

27J Effect of legal incapacity on limitation period.

Bernie Geary the Commissioner for Children has handballed the Recommendations of the Betrayal of Trust Report to the Royal Commission. It is the responsibility of the Parliament of Victoria to implement in the Recommendations as soon as possible, as was promised with bi-partisan support in the Victorian Parliament in 2014.

The petitioners therefore request that the Legislative Assembly of Victoria make appropriate amendments to the Act so that it is always JUST and REASONABLE and ALLOWABLE to pursue damages for claims against perpetrators of torture, rape, child slave labour and false imprisonment.

Yours sincerely

Helen Dawson
6 Lingi Crt
Frankston Vic 3199