Minor victims can seek late compensationThe cabinet yesterday approved a revision to the civil law suspending the statutory period for the right to demand compensation for a sexual crime until the underage victim becomes an adult. The revision aims to protect the rights of minors who have been sexually assaulted as many of them shy away from seeking reparation as children. By the time they reach adulthood, it can be too late to file for compensation as the statutory period lasts for 10 years. Under present civil law, victims can ask for compensation within 3 years of realizing they had been harmed or 10 years from when the illegal act took place. The revision would extend those periods to 5 years and 20 years, respectively.
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