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A Survivor‘s Guide to Filing a Civil Law Suit

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The purpose of this guide is to help a survivor or guardian of a child survivor understand the advantages and disadvantages of suing the perpetrator or other responsible parties in civil court. It is not legal advice and should not be substituted for the advice of an attorney. Consulting with an attorney can help a survivor determine what laws apply to their situation and what claims they may have against the perpetrator or other parties. This guide was last updated in 2004, so it is also important for anyone using it to consult with an attorney to verify that there have not been changes to the laws described.

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Reviewed: December 6th, 2016