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Question: My daughter was sexually abused by her father between the ages of 4-6. She is currently 30. The abuse took place in the state of TX. She is now sharing her story but we are unsure how to address this legally as it took place 24 yrs ago in another state. Please Help

Answer: This is an Arizona law based website you will need to confirm the information for Texas. It will be important to determine the statute of limitations under Texas law. In Texas, certain types of felonies have no limitation period, including sexual assault of child and indecency with child. The Texas legislature, in 2007, amended Article 12.01(1) so that no statute of limitation period applied to the charge of aggravated sexual assault of a child victim or indecency with a child. The Texas legislature has also provided that there is no statute of limitations for continuous sexual abuse of a child. Tex. Penal Code Ann. ? 21.02 (Vernon 2003); Tex. Code Crim. Proc. Ann. art. 12.01(1)(D) (Vernon 2005). It is recommended that you contact the police department in the city or county where the alleged abuse took place. The police department will then be able to provide additional information regarding the statute of limitations (which depends on the type of abuse as written into statute) and any additional criminal action that may be appropriate.

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  • My daughter was sexually abused by her father between the ages of 4-6. She is currently 30. The abuse took place in the state of TX. She is now sharing her story but we are unsure how to address this legally as it took place 24 yrs ago in another state. Please Help

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